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Here on the next lesson presented by the Ecu-Men, we are going to cover the Virtues & the Gifts of the Holy Ghost. Without virtue, we cannot be Christian. Listen in to hear what defines us, allowing us to live as true Christians. Thanks for listening!
119. What are the chief supernatural powers that are bestowed on our souls with sanctifying grace?
The three theological virtues and the seven gifts of the Holy Ghost.
120. Why are these virtues called theological virtues?
Because they have God for their proper object.
121. What are the three theological virtues?
The three theological virtues are faith, hope, and charity. (1 Corinthians 13::13)
122. What is faith?
Faith is the virtue by which we firmly believe all the truths God has revealed, on the word of God revealing them, who can neither deceive nor be deceived. (John 20::29)
123. What is hope?
Hope is the virtue by which we firmly trust that God, who is all-powerful and faithful to His promises, will in His mercy give us eternal happiness and the means to obtain it. (Romans 8::24-25)
124. What is charity?
Charity is the virtue by which we love God above all things for His own sake, and our neighbor as ourselves for the love of God. (1 Corinthians 13::1-2)
125. Which are the seven gifts of the Holy Ghost?
Wisdom, understanding, counsel, fortitude, knowledge, piety, and fear of the Lord. (Isaiah 11::2-3)
126. How do the gifts of the Holy Ghost help us?
They help us by making us more alert to discern and more ready to do the will of God.
127. Which are some of the effects in us of the gifts of the Holy Ghost?
Some of the effects in us of the gifts of the Holy Ghost are the fruits of the Holy Ghost and the beatitudes.
128. Which are the twelve fruits of the Holy Ghost?
Charity, joy, peace, patience, benignity, goodness, long-suffering, mildness, faith, modesty, continency, and chastity. (Galatians 5::22-23)
129. Which are the eight beatitudes?
The eight beatitudes are found in Matthew 5::3-10
130. Are there any other virtues besides the theological virtues of faith, hope, and charity?
Besides the theological virtues of faith, hope, and charity there are other virtues, called moral virtues.
131. Why are these virtues called moral virtues?
Because they dispose us to lead moral, or good lives, by aiding us to treat persons and things in the right way, that is, according to the will of God.
132. Which are the chief moral virtues?
The chief moral virtues are: prudence, justice, fortitude, and temperance; these are called cardinal virtues. (Wisdom 8::7)
133. Why are these virtues called cardinal virtues?
Because they are like hinges on which hang all the other moral virtues and our whole moral life. The word "cardinal" is derived from the Latin word "cardo" meaning hinge.
134. How do prudence, justice, fortitude and temperance dispose us to lead good lives?
Prudence disposes us in all circumstances to form right judgments about what we must do or not do. Justice disposes us to give everyone what belongs to him. Fortitude disposes us to do what is good in spite of any difficulty. Temperance disposes us to control our desires and to use rightly the things which please ourselves. (Proverbs 21::21)
135. Which are some of the other moral virtues?
Some of the other moral virtues are: Filial piety and patriotism, Obedience, Veracity, Liberality, Patience, Humility, Chastity. Besides these, there are many other moral virtues.
Baltimore Catechism, Lesson 10:
Lex Orandi, Lex Credendi:
Consecration to St Joseph:
Haydock Commentary Matt 5:10 (Just Persecution)
Errors of Russia:
Peter: Be subject to your masters!
Fr Ripperger: The Decalogue
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Here on the next lesson presented by the Ecu-Men, we are going to cover the Holy Ghost and Grace. This is another interesting topic where we shed some light on the mysteries of the 3rd Person of the Holy Trinity. Additionally, we give you an initial look at grace as taught by Jesus Christ and the Church Fathers. Thanks for listening!
105. Who is the Holy Ghost?
The Holy Ghost is God and the third Person of the Blessed Trinity.
106. From whom does the Holy Ghost proceed?
The Holy Ghost proceeds from the Father and the Son. (John 15:26)
107. Is the Holy Ghost equal to the Father and the Son?
The Holy Ghost is equal to the Father and the Son, because He is God.
108. What does the Holy Ghost do for the salvation of mankind?
The Holy Ghost dwells in the Church as the source of its life and sanctifies souls through the gift of grace. (II Timothy 1:14)
109. What is grace?
Grace is a supernatural gift of God bestowed on us through the merits of Jesus Christ for our salvation. (John 1:16-17)
110. How many kinds of grace are there?
There are two kinds of grace: sanctifying grace and actual grace.
111. What is sanctifying grace?
Sanctifying grace is that grace which confers on our souls a new life, that is, a sharing in the life of God Himself. (John 1:12)
112. What are the chief effects of sanctifying grace?
The chief effects of sanctifying grace are:
it makes us holy and pleasing to God;
it makes us adopted children of God;
it makes us temples of the Holy Ghost;
it gives us the right to heaven. (John 14:23)
113. What is actual grace?
Actual grace is a supernatural help of God which enlightens our mind and strengthens our will to do good and to avoid evil. (Philippians 2:13)
114. Can we resist the grace of God?
We can resist the grace of God, for our will is free, and God does not force us to accept His grace. (Matthew 23:37)
115. Why is sanctifying grace necessary for salvation?
Sanctifying grace is necessary for salvation because it is the supernatural life, which alone enables us to attain the supernatural happiness of heaven.
116. Is actual grace necessary for all who have attained the use of reason?
Actual grace is necessary for all who have attained the use of reason, because without it we cannot long resist the power of temptation or perform other actions which merit a reward in heaven. (II Corinthians 3:5)
117. What are the principal ways of obtaining grace?
The principal ways of obtaining grace are prayer and the sacraments, especially the Holy Eucharist. (Romans 6:4)
118. How can we make our most ordinary actions merit a heavenly reward?
We can make our most ordinary actions merit a heavenly reward by doing them for the love of God and by keeping ourselves in the state of grace. (I Corinthians 10:31)
Baltimore Catechism, Lesson 9:
Sacrifice of the Mass:
The Holy Spirit and the Eucharist:
The Temple in Jerusalem:
Council of Sardica:
Grace as Treasure:
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Here on the next lesson presented by the Ecu-Men, we cover the Redemption. We are going to give you the position taught by the Apostles and the Catholic Church as received from Jesus Christ. (Matt 18:17) Thanks for listening!
90. What is meant by the Redemption?
By Redemption we mean that Jesus Christ, as the Redeemer of the whole human race, offered His sufferings and death to God as a fitting sacrifice in satisfaction for the sins of men, and regained for them the right to be children of God and heirs of heaven. (Colossians 1:13-14)
91. What were the chief sufferings of Christ?
The chief sufferings of Christ were His bitter agony of soul, His bloody sweat, His cruel scourging, His crowning with thorns, His crucifixion, and His death on the cross. (Luke 23:46)
92. When did Christ die?
Christ died on Good Friday.
93. Where did Christ die?
Christ died on Golgotha, a place outside the city of Jerusalem.
And they came to a place called Golgotha, that is, the Place of the Skull. (Matthew 27:33)
94. What do we learn from the sufferings and death of Christ?
From the sufferings and death of Christ we learn God's love for man and the evil of sin, for which God, who is all-just, demands such great satisfaction.
95. What do we mean when we say in the Apostles' Creed that Christ descended into hell?
We mean that, after He died, the soul of Christ descended into a place or state of rest, called limbo, where the souls of the just were waiting for Him. (I Peter 3:18-19)
96. Why did Christ go to limbo?
Christ went to limbo to announce to the souls waiting there the joyful news that He had reopened heaven to mankind.
97. Where was Christ's body while His soul was In limbo?
While His soul was in limbo, Christ's body was in the holy sepulchre. (Luke 23:53)
98. When did Christ rise from the dead?
Christ rose from the dead, glorious and immortal, on Easter Sunday, the third day after His death. (Luke 24:1-2)
99. Why did Christ rise from the dead?
Christ rose from the dead to show that He is true God and to teach us that we, too, shall rise from the dead. (I Corinthians 15:16-17)
100. Will all men rise from the dead?
All men will rise from the dead, but only those who have been faithful to Christ will share in His glory.
(I Corinthians 15:51)
101. When did Christ ascend into heaven?
Christ ascended, body and soul, into heaven on Ascension Day, forty days after His Resurrection. (Luke 24:51)
102. Why did Christ remain on earth forty days after His Resurrection?
Christ remained on earth forty days after His Resurrection to prove that He had truly risen from the dead and to complete the instruction of the apostles. (Acts 1:3)
103. What do we mean when we say that Christ sits at the right hand of God, the Father Almighty?
We mean that Our Lord as God is equal to the Father, and that as man He shares above all the saints in the glory of His Father and exercises for all eternity the supreme authority of a king over all creatures. (Matt 28:18)
104. What do we mean when we say that Christ will come from thence to judge the living and the dead?
We mean that on the last day Our Lord will come to pronounce a sentence of eternal reward or punishment on all who ever lived in this world. (Matt 16:27)
Baltimore Catechism, Lesson 8:
Sight of Hell:
USCCB, Friday Penance:
Bones of Elisha:
Crucifixion, Breaking the Legs:
Psalm 34:20 (No broken bones)
Anne Catherine Emmerich, Passion of Christ:
Chambers of Hell:
Who Moved the Stone:
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Here on the next lesson of the Ecu-Men, we are going to cover the Incarnation. This discussion looks at how the 2nd Person of the Holy Trinity took on Flesh and was made man. We will look at why God did this for us and how important this event is to every Christian alive. Thanks for listening!
77. Did God abandon man after Adam fell into sin?
God did not abandon man after Adam fell into sin, but promised to send into the world a Saviour to free man from his sins and to reopen to him the gates of heaven. (John 3:16)
78. Who is the Saviour of all men?
The Saviour of all men is Jesus Christ. (I Timothy 2:5-6)
79. What is the chief teaching of the Catholic Church about Jesus Christ?
The chief teaching of the Catholic Church about Jesus Christ is that He is God made man. (John 1:1)
80. Why is Jesus Christ God?
Jesus Christ is God, because He is the only Son of God, having the same Divine nature as His Father. (Matthew 26:63)
81. Why is Jesus Christ man?
Jesus Christ is man, because He is the son of the Blessed Virgin Mary and has a body and soul like ours.
82. Is Jesus Christ more than one Person?
No, Jesus Christ is only one Person; and that Person is the second Person of the Blessed Trinity.
83. How many natures has Jesus Christ?
Jesus Christ has two natures: the nature of God and the nature of man.
84. Was the Son of God always man?
The Son of God was not always man, but became man at the time of the Incarnation. (Galatians 4:4-5)
85. What is meant by the Incarnation?
By the Incarnation is meant that the Son of God, retaining His Divine nature, took to Himself a human nature, that is, a body and soul like ours. (Luke 1:35)
86. How was the Son of God made man?
The Son of God was conceived and made man by the power of the Holy Ghost in the womb of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
87. When was the Son of God conceived and made man?
The Son of God was conceived and made man on Annunciation Day, the day on which the Angel Gabriel announced to the Blessed Virgin Mary that she was to be the Mother of God.
88. Is Saint Joseph the father of Jesus Christ?
Jesus Christ had no human father, but Saint Joseph was the spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary and the guardian, or foster father, of Christ.
89. When was Christ born?
Christ was born of the Blessed Virgin Mary on Christmas Day, in Bethlehem, more than nineteen hundred years ago.
89a. How many years did Jesus Christ live on earth?
Jesus Christ lived on earth about thirty-three years.
89b. How did Jesus Christ spend His life on earth?
Jesus Christ spent His childhood, youth and early manhood in the home of His mother Mary and His foster father Joseph, working as a carpenter in the village of Nazareth in Palestine; He spent His last years in the work of His public ministry.
89c. What work did Jesus Christ perform in the course of His public ministry?
In the course of His public ministry Jesus Christ gave us an example of great virtue, preached the message of salvation, proved the truth of His message through miracles and prophecies, and established the Church with its sacrifice and sacraments for the salvation of men until the end of time.
Baltimore Catechism, Lesson 7:
Islam on Jesus:
Taylor Marshall - December 25th:
Restoring the Faith - December 25th:
Essay on the Development of Christian Doctrine:
To “Put Away” (definition):
Fulton Sheen, Life of Christ:
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Here on the next lesson of the Ecu-Men, we cover the topic of Actual Sin. We shed light on the two types of sin and what makes one sin venial & the other mortal. We will also begin to expand on the topic of grace. And we will also talk about how to stay out of sin. Thanks for listening!
63. Is original sin the only kind of sin?
Original sin is not the only kind of sin; there is another kind, called actual sin, which we ourselves commit. (John 8:34)
64. What is actual sin?
Actual sin is any willful thought, desire, word, action, or omission forbidden by the law of God.
65. How many kinds of actual sin are there?
There are two kinds of actual sin: mortal sin and venial sin.
66. What is mortal sin?
Mortal sin is a grievous offense against the law of God. (Ecclesiasticus 21:2)
67. Why is this sin called mortal?
Because it deprives the sinner of sanctifying grace, the supernatural life of the soul. (Ecclesiasticus 15:18)
68. Besides depriving the sinner of sanctifying grace, what else does mortal sin do to the soul?
Mortal sin makes the soul an enemy of God, takes away the merit of all its good actions, deprives it of the right to everlasting happiness in heaven, and makes it deserving of everlasting punishment in hell. (Romans 6:23)
69. What three things are necessary to make a sin mortal?
To make a sin mortal these three things are needed:
the thought, desire, word, action, or omission must be seriously wrong or considered seriously wrong;
the sinner, must be mindful of the serious wrong;
the sinner must fully consent to it.
70. What is venial sin?
Venial sin is a less serious offense against the law of God, which does not deprive the soul of sanctifying grace, and which can be pardoned even without sacramental confession. (Matthew 6:48)
71. How can a sin be venial?
A sin can be venial in two ways:
when the evil done is not seriously wrong;
when the evil done is seriously wrong, but the sinner sincerely believes it is only slightly wrong, or does not give full consent to it.
72. How does venial sin harm us?
Venial sin harms us by making us less fervent in the service of God, by weakening our power to resist mortal sin, and by making us deserving of God's punishments in this life or in purgatory. (Matthew 12:36)
73. How can we keep from committing sin?
By praying and by receiving the sacraments; by remembering that God is always with us; by recalling that our bodies are temples of the Holy Ghost; by keeping occupied with work or play; by promptly resisting the sources of sin within us; by avoiding the near occasions of sin. . (Mark 9:42)
74. What are the chief sources of actual sin?
The chief sources of actual sin are: pride, covetousness, lust, anger, gluttony, envy, and sloth, and these are commonly called capital sins.
75. Why are these called capital sins?
They are called capital sins, not because they, in themselves, are the greatest sins, but because they are the chief reasons why men commit sin.
76. What are the near occasions of sin?
The near occasions of sin are all persons, places, or things that may easily lead us into sin.
Baltimore Catechism, Lesson 6:
Sacrament of Penance (Confession):
Sins that lead to death:
Prayers of Unrepentant Sinners:
Sistine Chapel: Adam & God:
Fr. Casey, Spiritual Combat:
Aristotle quote, interpreted by William Durant:
St Alphonsus, Number of Sins beyond Pardon:
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Here on the next lesson of the Ecu-Men, we are going to cover the topic: Creation and the Fall of Man. This discussion opens the door on why Jesus Christ is necessary in our lives. And will span from Adam & Eve until the present day and judgment to come. Thanks for listening!
48. What is man?
Man is a creature composed of body and soul, and made to the image and likeness of God. (Genesis 2:7)
49. Is this likeness to God in the body or in the soul?
This likeness to God is chiefly in the soul.
50. How is the soul like God?
The soul is like God because it is a spirit having understanding and free will, and is destined to live forever. (Ecclesiastes 12:7)
51. Who were the first man and woman?
The first man and woman were Adam and Eve, the first parents of the whole human race. (Genesis 3:15)
52. What was the chief gift bestowed on Adam and Eve by God?
The chief gift bestowed on Adam and Eve by God was sanctifying grace, which made them children of God and gave them the right to heaven.
53. What other gifts were bestowed on Adam and Eve by God?
The other gifts bestowed on Adam and Eve by God were happiness in the Garden of Paradise, great knowledge, control of the passions by reason, and freedom from suffering and death. (Ecclesiasticus 17:5)
54. What commandment did God give Adam and Eve?
God gave Adam and Eve the commandment not to eat of the fruit of a certain tree that grew in the Garden of Paradise. (Genesis 2:16-17)
55. Did Adam and Eve obey the commandment of God?
Adam and Eve did not obey the commandment of God, but ate of the forbidden fruit.
And the woman saw that the tree was good to eat, and fair to the eyes, and delightful to behold; and she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave to her husband who did eat. (Genesis 3:6)
56. What happened to Adam and Eve on account of their sin?
On account of their sin Adam and Eve lost sanctifying grace, the right to heaven, and their special gifts; they became subject to death, to suffering, and to a strong inclination to evil, and they were driven from the Garden of Paradise. (Genesis 3:19)
57. What has happened to us on account of the sin of Adam?
On account of the sin of Adam, we, his descendants, come into the world deprived of sanctifying grace and inherit his punishment, as we would have inherited his gifts had he been obedient to God. (Wisdom 2:24)
58. What is this sin in us called?
This sin in us is called original.
59. Why is this sin called original?
This sin is called original because it comes down to us through our origin, or descent, from Adam. (Romans 5:12)
60. What are the chief punishments of Adam which we inherit through original sin?
The chief punishments of Adam which we inherit through original sin are: death, suffering, ignorance, and a strong inclination to sin.
61. Is God unjust in punishing us on account of the sin of Adam?
God is not unjust in punishing us on account of the sin of Adam, because original sin does not take away from us anything to which we have a strict right as human beings, but only the free gifts which God in His goodness would have bestowed on us if Adam had not sinned.
62. Was any human person ever preserved from original sin?
The Blessed Virgin Mary was preserved from original sin in view of the merits of her Divine Son, and this privilege is called her Immaculate Conception. (Genesis 3:15)
Baltimore Catechism, Lesson 5:
Restoring the Faith, interviews Dr. Sammut:
Jesus and the Jewish Roots of Mary:
Don’t put good wine into old skins:
Mary: The Second Eve:
Mary vs Eve:
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Here on the next session of the Ecu-Men, we are continuing our discussions on the Baltimore Catechism. Today the Ecu-Men are going to cover the topic: Creation and the Angels. Who are those helpers that we know so little about? Well, listen to this podcast and figure out what you didn’t know and what you already knew about the angels of God. Enjoy!
35. What do we mean when we say that God is the Creator of heaven and earth?
We mean that He made all things from nothing by His almighty power. (Isa 44:24)
36. Which are the chief creatures of God?
The chief creatures of God are angels and men. (Ps 8:6-7)
37. What are angels?
Angels are created spirits, without bodies, having understanding and free will. (Dan 7:10)
38. What gifts did God bestow on the angels when He created them?
When God created the angels He bestowed on them great wisdom, power, and holiness. (Dan 3:58)
39. Did all the angels remain faithful to God?
Not all the angels remained faithful to God; some of them sinned. (Apo 12:7)
40. What happened to the angels who remained faithful to God?
The angels who remained faithful to God entered into the eternal happiness of heaven, and these are called good angels. (Matt 18:10)
41. What do the good angels do in heaven?
In heaven the good angels see, love, and adore God.
42. How do the good angels help us?
The good angels help us by praying for us, by acting as messengers from God to us, and by serving as our guardian angels. (Ps 90:11-12)
43. How do our guardian angels help us?
Our guardian angels help us by praying for us, by protecting us from harm, and by inspiring us to do good. (Tobias 12:12)
44. What happened to the angels who did not remain faithful to God?
The angels who did not remain faithful to God were cast into hell, and these are called bad angels, or devils. (Matt 25:41)
45. What is the chief way in which the bad angels try to harm us?
The chief way in which the bad angels try to harm us is by tempting us to sin. (Eph 6:11)
46. Do all temptations come from the bad angels?
Some temptations come from the bad angels; but others come from ourselves and from the persons and things about us. (I John 2:15)
47. Can we always resist temptations?
We can always resist temptations, because no temptation can force us into sin, and because God will always help us if we ask Him. (I Cor 12:9)
Baltimore Catechism, Lesson 4:
St Thomas on the Angels in Summa Theologica (Q50-64):
Augustine: City of God, Book 21, Ch 6:
Justin Martyr: First Apology, Ch 26:
Demons According to St. Teresa and St. John of the Cross
The Birth of Islam and the Proclamation by Muhammad of his Mission:
Generational Spirits (part ⅓): ~ Fr Ripperger
Spiritual Theology Series: Demons (part 1): ~ Fr Ripperger
Pagan-proofing, Sanctifying the Home:
Saint Mary Magdalene:
Oppression, Obsession, and Possession:
Guardian Angel Prayer:
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Here on the Ecu-Men Present, we are continuing our journey through the Baltimore Catechism. Today in Lesson 3, the Ecu-Men are going to cover the a really complicated topic: The Trinity and the nature of God. We simply cannot do it justice. So, this short lesson allows us to hit the high points and share some details that will allow Christians to better understand the nature of God and the Trinity. So, enjoy this lesson and feel free to throw your questions our way!
24. Is there only one God?
Yes, there is only one God. -- I am the Lord, and there is none else: there is no God besides me. (Isaiah 45:5)
25. How many Persons are there in God?
In God there are three Divine Persons – the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost. (Matthew 28:19)
26. Is the Father God?
The Father is God and the first Person of the Blessed Trinity. -- Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. (1 Corinthians 1:3)
27. Is the Son God?
The Son is God and the second Person of the Blessed Trinity. -- In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. (John 1:1)
28. Is the Holy Ghost God?
The Holy Ghost is God and the third Person of the Blessed Trinity. -- Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? (1 Corinthians 3:16)
29. What do we mean by the Blessed Trinity?
By the Blessed Trinity we mean, one and the same God in three Divine Persons.(Matthew 28:19)
30. Are the three Divine Persons really distinct from one another?
The three Divine Persons are really distinct from one another. (Luke 3:22)
31. Are the three Divine Persons perfectly equal to one another?
The three Divine Persons are perfectly equal to one another, because all are one and the same God.
I and the Father are one. (John 10:30)
32. How are the three Divine Persons, though really distinct from one another, one and the same God?
The three Divine Persons, though really distinct from one another, are one and the same God because all have one and the same Divine nature.
33. Can we fully understand how the three Divine Persons, though really distinct from one another, are one and the same God?
We cannot fully understand how the three Divine Persons, though really distinct from one another, are one and the same God because this is a supernatural mystery.
34. What is a supernatural mystery?
A supernatural mystery is a truth which we cannot fully understand, but which we firmly believe because we have God's word for it.
Baltimore Catechism, Lesson 3:
Augustine: The Trinity:
Usage of term “Trinity”:
God in Islam:
God in Mormonism:
Speaking in Tongues (the Catholic way):
Etymology of the word “Science”:
Science and the Church:
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Here on the Ecu-Men, we are continuing our journey through the Baltimore Catechism. Today in Lesson 2, Part 2, the Ecu-Men are going to cover the transmission of the deposit of the faith which God has bestowed upon us. This is how we learn about God, His Church, creation, etc. As you listen, please feel free to use the links below to learn more about this topic so that you can get even more familiar with the topic.
23a. What do we mean when we say that God has revealed these truths to us?
He has made them known to certain persons, to be announced to their fellow men as the word of God.
23b. What is the Bible?
The Bible is the written word of God, committed to His Church for the instruction and sanctification of mankind.
23c. What do we mean when we say that the entire Bible is inspired?
Its principal author is God, though it was written by men whom God enlightened and moved to write all those things, and only those things that He wished to be written.
23d. How is the Bible divided?
The Bible is divided into the Old Testament, written before the coming of Jesus Christ, and the New Testament, written after His ascension into heaven.
23e. Are all the passages of the Bible to be understood according to our modern manner of expression?
No; some of the passages of the Bible are not to be understood according to our modern manner of expression, since they contain certain figures of speech, parables, and literary forms used by the people of ancient times but not employed in the present.
23f. How can we know the true meaning of the Bible?
We can know the true meaning of the Bible from the teaching authority of the Catholic Church, which has received from Jesus Christ the right and the duty to teach and to explain all that God has revealed. (II Peter 3:16)
23g. Are Catholics encouraged by the Church to read the Bible?
Yes; Catholics are encouraged by the Church to read the Bible, especially the Gospels, which tell about the earthly life of Jesus Christ, the Son of God made man.
23h. What is the chief message of the New Testament?
The chief message of the New Testament is the joyful announcement of our salvation through Jesus Christ. (John 20:31)
23i. What is Divine Tradition?
Divine Tradition is the unwritten word of God – that is, truths revealed by God, though not written in the Bible, and given to the Church through word of mouth by Jesus Christ or by the apostles under the inspiration of the Holy Ghost.
23j. Has Divine Tradition ever been committed to writing?
Divine Tradition has been committed to writing, especially by saintly writers called Fathers, who lived in the early centuries but were not inspired, as were those who wrote the Bible.
23k. Has Divine Tradition the same force as the Bible?
Yes; Divine Tradition has the same force as the Bible, since it too contains God's revelation to men.
23l. By what kind of act do we believe the doctrines contained in the Bible and in Divine Tradition?
We believe the doctrines contained in the Bible and Divine Tradition by an act of divine faith, which means that we accept them on the authority of God, who can neither deceive nor be deceived.
Baltimore Catechism, Lesson 2:
Divine Revelation (description):
Difference in Protestants and Catholics - Steve Ray
Synod of Rome: (Canon of Scripture)
Synod of Hippo:
Synod of Carthage:
Four Gospels (Irenaeus, Bishop of Lyons, Against Heresies, Book 3, Ch 11, AD 188)
Tertullian coining the term “New Testament” in AD 200.
Athanasius first ID’s the NT scriptures:
Invention of the *Book*:
Division of Bible into Chapters: (Stephen Langton, Archbishop of Canterbury and Cardinal Hugo de Caro):
Division of Bible Chapters into Verses:
Bar Kokhba Revolt:
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Here on the Ecu-Men, we are continuing our journey through the Baltimore Catechism. Today in Lesson 2, Part 1, the Ecu-Men are going to cover the nature of God and how we learn more about Him. This is a difficult topic. As you listen, please feel free to use the links below to learn more about this topic so that you can get even more familiar with the topic.
8. What do we mean when we say that God is the Supreme Being?
He is above all creatures, the self-existing and infinitely perfect Spirit. (Isaiah 44:6)
9. What is a spirit?
A spirit is a being that has understanding and free will, but no body, and will never die. (Isaiah 40:18)
10. What do we mean when we say that God is self-existing?
He does not owe His existence to any other being. (Exodus 3:14)
11. What do we mean when we say that God is infinitely perfect?
He has all perfections without limit. (Psalm 144:3)
12. What are some of the perfections of God?
Some of the perfections of God are: God is eternal, all-good, all-knowing, all-present, and almighty.
13. What do we mean when we say that God is eternal?
He always was and always will be, and always remains the same. (Apocalypse 1:8)
14. What do we mean when we say that God is all-good?
He is infinitely lovable in Himself, and that from His fatherly love every good comes to us. (Psalm 32:4-5)
15. What do we mean when we say that God is all-knowing?
He knows all things, past, present, and future, even our most secret thoughts, words, and actions. (Psalm 138:5-6)
16. What do we mean when that God Is all-present?
When we say that God is all-present we mean that He is everywhere. (Psalm 138:7)
17. If God is everywhere, why do we not see Him?
Although God is everywhere, we do not see Him because He is a spirit and cannot be seen with our eyes. (John 4:24)
18. Does God see us?
God sees us and watches over us with loving care. (Matthew 6:31:32)
19. What is God's loving care for us called?
God's loving care for us is called Divine Providence. (I Peter 5:7)
20. What do we mean when we say that God is almighty?
We mean that He can do all things. (Luke 1:37)
21. Is God all-wise, all-holy, all-merciful, and all-just?
Yes, God is all-wise, all-holy, all-merciful, and all-just. (Psalm 144:17)
22. Can we know by our natural reason that there is a God?
We can know by our natural reason that there is a God, for natural reason tells us that the world we see about us could have been made only by a self-existing Being, all-wise and almighty. (Romans 1:18-19)
23. Can we know God in any other way than by our natural reason?
Yes, by Sacred Scripture and in Tradition. (2 Thes 2:15)
Baltimore Catechism, Lesson 2:
Augustine on the Trinity: City of God, Book 11, Ch 24: http://www.newadvent.org/fathers/120111.htm
St Thomas Aquinas: 5 Proofs of God’s Existence
Arguments for God's Existence - Dr Peter Kreeft
Against Communism, Pius XI
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The Ecu-Men Present: Baltimore Catechism - Lesson 01
If you haven't checked out the introduction to the Ecu-Men, please go here: https://youtu.be/hZQoKM9MpS4
Welcome to the first podcast of the series dedicated to expanding Catholic understanding of the foundational principles of our faith as given to us by the successors of the Apostles through the Baltimore Catechism.
Here in Lesson 1, we start out with the “End of Man” and his purpose in this world. Please check out the links below and feel free to throw us any comments or questions you have; we’re always happy to answer.
1. Who made us? -- God made us.
2. Who is God? -- God is the Supreme Being, infinitely perfect, who made all things and keeps them in existence.
3. Why did God make us? -- God made us to show forth His goodness and to share with us His everlasting happiness in heaven.
4. What must we do to gain the happiness of heaven? -- To gain the happiness of heaven we must know, love, and serve God in this world.
5. From whom do we learn to know, love, and serve God? -- We learn to know, love, and serve God from Jesus Christ, the Son of God, who teaches us through the Catholic Church.
6. Where do we find the chief truths taught by Jesus Christ through the Catholic Church? -- We find the chief truths taught by Jesus Christ through the Catholic Church in the Apostles' Creed.
7. Say the Apostles' Creed. -- I believe in God, the Father Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth; and in Jesus Christ, His only Son, Our Lord; who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried. He descended into hell; the third day He arose again from the dead; He ascended into heaven, sitteth at the right hand of God, the Father Almighty; from thence He shall come to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Ghost, the Holy Catholic Church, the communion of Saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and life everlasting. Amen.
Robert Bellarmine - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Bellarmine
Bellarmine’s Short Catechism - https://bellarmineforum.org/th....e-catholic-faith/bel
Baltimore Catechism - https://www.catholicity.com/baltimore-catechism/
Etymology of “Good” - https://www.etymonline.com/word/good
Etymology of “God” - https://www.etymonline.com/word/god
God does not speak in riddles. (Numbers 12:8)
Augustine’s example given him by an angel - https://www.traditioninaction.....org/religious/h065rp
Cardinal Sarah, The Power of Silence: Against the Dictatorship of Noise
Essay on the Development of Christian Doctrine - http://www.newmanreader.org/wo....rks/development/inde
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by St Bernard of Clairvaux
Most loving Jesus, meek Lamb of God, I, a miserable sinner, salute and worship the most Sacred Wound of Thy Shoulder on which Thou didst bear Thy heavy Cross which so tore Thy flesh and laid bare Thy Bones as to inflict on Thee an anguish greater than any other wound of Thy Most Blessed Body. I adore Thee, O Jesus most sorrowful; I praise and glorify Thee, and give Thee thanks for this most sacred and painful Wound, beseeching Thee by that exceeding pain, and by the crushing burden of Thy heavy Cross to be merciful to me, a sinner, to forgive me all my mortal and venial sins, and to lead me on towards Heaven along the Way of Thy Cross. Amen.
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On this episode, we are going to talk about holy obedience and how we are to respond when a cleric, most importantly the Pope, give us directives that lie in conflict with the commandments/teachings of God and His Church. Are we supposed to do EVERYTHING our clerics tell us to do? Or is there some discernment involved? Watch this episode to find out!!!
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On this episode of Ecu-Menical, we talk about Confession, and why you should make it a top priority in your life. Confession is the gateway to the fullness of Christ's grace. When is the last time you received the Sacrament of Penance?
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