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The Baltimore Catechism: Part One: The Creed, The Communion of Saints and the Forgiveness of Sins
CatholiCity.com ^ | 03-05-13 | The Baltimore Catechism

Posted on 03/04/2013 10:14:20 PM PST by Salvation

The Baltimore Catechism

Revised Edition (1941)

Part One: The Creed

The Communion of Saints and the Forgiveness of Sins

Lesson 13 from the Baltimore Cathechism

"I believe in ... the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins ..."

170. What is meant by "the communion of saints" in the Apostles' Creed?

By "the communion of saints" is meant the union of the faithful on earth, the blessed in heaven, and the souls in purgatory, with Christ as their Head.

171. Through the communion of saints, what can the blessed in heaven do for the souls in purgatory and the faithful on earth?

Through the communion of saints, the blessed in heaven can help the souls in purgatory and the faithful on earth by praying for them.

It is therefore a holy and wholesome thought to pray for the dead, that they may be loosed from their sins. (II Maccabees 12:46)

172. Should the faithful on earth, through the communion of saints, honor the blessed in heaven and pray to them?

The faithful on earth, through the communion of saints, should honor the blessed in heaven and pray to them, because they are worthy of honor and as friends of God will help the faithful on earth.

Let us now praise men of renown, and our fathers in their generation. (Ecclesiasticus 44:1)

173. Can the faithful on earth, through the communion of saints, relieve the sufferings of the souls in purgatory?

The faithful on earth, through the communion of saints, can relieve the sufferings the souls in purgatory by prayer, fasting, and other good works, by indulgences, and by having Masses offered for them.

It is therefore a holy and wholesome thought to pray for the dead, that they may be loosed from their sins. (II Maccabees 12:46)

174. Can the faithful on earth help one another?

The faithful on earth, as members of the Mystical Body of Christ, can help one another by practicing supernatural charity and the spiritual and corporal works of mercy.

Pray for one another that you may be saved. For the unceasing prayer of a just man is of great avail. (James 5:16)

175. What is meant in the Apostles' Creed by "the forgiveness of sins"?

By "the forgiveness of sins" in the Apostles' Creed is meant that God has given to the Church, through Jesus Christ, the power to forgive sins, no matter how great or how many they are, if sinners truly repent.

Receive the Holy Ghost; whose sins you shall forgive, they are forgiven them; and whose sins you shall retain, they are retained. (John 20:22-23)



TOPICS: Apologetics; Catholic; History; Theology
KEYWORDS: apologetics; catholic
Lesson 13
1 posted on 03/04/2013 10:14:29 PM PST by Salvation
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To: nickcarraway; NYer; ELS; Pyro7480; livius; ArrogantBustard; Catholicguy; RobbyS; marshmallow; ...

Baltimore Catechism Ping for Lent!


2 posted on 03/04/2013 10:16:14 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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3 posted on 03/04/2013 10:17:46 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Salvation

I have yet to find an actual “list” of mortal sins or one of venial sins. Seems like, as a child, I had one; but now I can’t find it anywhere, even on the net!


4 posted on 03/05/2013 5:35:21 AM PST by Rich21IE
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To: Rich21IE
How about an examination of conscience?

First Confession Guide for Adults [Catholic/Orthodox Caucus]
Examination of Conscience
Examination of Conscience
A Guide for Confession

Why Go to Confession? (Part 1) - Pastoral Letter of Archbishop Bruno Forte
Why Go to Confession? (Part 2) - Pastoral Letter of Archbishop Bruno Forte
How To Make a Good Confession (especially if you haven't gone in years)
Why Go to Confession? (Part 3) - Pastoral Letter of Archbishop Bruno Forte
Pulling Sin up by the Roots: The Need for Mortification
Reasons for Confession [Sacrament of Reconciliation]
Cardinal Stafford's Homily at Penitential Liturgy With an Examination of Conscience
How to Go to Confession
Fr. Z’s 20 Tips For Making A Good Confession
Learning to Confess

5 posted on 03/05/2013 7:33:23 AM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Salvation

After reading all this it makes me wonder, (humor tag);

How long before there’s an Ap for confession?


6 posted on 03/05/2013 8:16:13 AM PST by Rich21IE
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To: Rich21IE
How long before there’s an Ap for confession?

Ask and ye shall receive.

Confession Application

7 posted on 03/05/2013 9:31:51 AM PST by pegleg (Lies will seek you out, but the truth must be sought.)
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To: pegleg

ROTFLMAO! That’s hilarious; thanks for making my day better.


8 posted on 03/05/2013 11:10:07 AM PST by Rich21IE
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