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CATHOLIC CAUCUS: The Catechism Explained Introduction I For what end are we on this earth?
Archive .Org ^ | 1899 | Rev. Francis Spirago Professor of Theology

Posted on 01/05/2014 3:25:38 AM PST by GonzoII

INTRODUCTION.

I. FOR WHAT END ARE WE ON THIS EARTH?

As the scholar goes to school in order that he may afterwards attain a certain position in life, so man is placed on this earth in order that he may attain to the lofty end of eternal happiness. As the servant serves his master and so earns his bread, so man has to serve God, and through his service attains happiness to some extent in this life, and in its fulness after death.

We are upon this earth in order that we may glorify God, and so win for ourselves eternal happiness.

The glory of God is the end of all creation. All creatures on the earth are created for this end, that they may manifest in themselves the divine perfections and God’s dominion over His rational creatures, that is, over angels and men, and that He may be loved and praised by them. Even the material world, and creatures not possessed of reason--animals, trees, plants, stones, metals, etc., all praise God after their own fashion. "The Lord has made all things for Himself" (Prov. xvi. 4). Man is created for this end, that he should proclaim the majesty of God. He must do so whether he wills it or not. The construction of the body of man, the lofty powers of his soul, the rewards of the good, the punishment of the wicked, all proclaim the majesty of God, His omnipotence, wisdom, goodness, justice, etc. Even the reprobate will have to contribute to the glory of God (Prov. xvi. 4). In the end he will show how great is the holiness and justice of God. Man, from being possessed of reason and free will, is through these enabled in an especial way to give glory to God. This he does when he knows, loves, and honors God. Man is created chiefly for the life beyond the grave. In this life he is a stranger, a wanderer, and a pilgrim. "We have not here a lasting city, but we seek one that is to come" (Heb. xiii. 14). Heaven is our true country; here we are in exile.

Hence we are not upon earth only to collect earthly treasures, to attain earthly honors, to eat and to drink, or to enjoy earthly pleasures.

He who pursues ends like these behaves as foolishly as a servant who, instead of serving his master, devotes himself to some passing amusement. He stands idle in the market-place, instead of working in his master’s vineyard. He is like a traveller who, attracted by the beauty of the scenery, does not pursue his journey, and so allows the night to overtake him. We are not made for earth; we are made to look upward to heaven. The trees, the plants point upward to heaven, as if to remind us that it is our home.

For this reason Our Lord says: "One thing is necessary" (Luke x. 42), and again "Seek first the kingdom of God and His justice, and all other things shall be added unto you" (Matt, vi. 33.)

Unhappily, too many forget their last end, and fix their hearts on money, influence, honor, etc. They are like the kings of that heathen country who, althpugh they reigned but for a year and after that had to go and live on a barren island, spent all their time in luxury and feasting, and did not lay up any provision for the future on the island whither they were bound. He who does not think on his last end is not a pilgrim, but a tramp, and falls into the hands of the devil as a tramp into the hands of the police. He is like a sailor who knows not whither he is sailing, and so wrecks his ship. Our Lord compares such to the servant who sleeps, instead of watching for his master’s coming (Matt. xxiv. 42).



TOPICS: Catholic; Theology
KEYWORDS: catechismexplained; catholic

1 posted on 01/05/2014 3:25:38 AM PST by GonzoII
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THE CATECHISM EXPLAINED

INTRODUCTION

I. FOR WHAT END ARE WE ON THIS EARTH?

2 posted on 01/05/2014 3:27:20 AM PST by GonzoII ("If the new crime be, to believe in God, let us all be criminals" -Sheen)
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To: GonzoII

Thank you my friend. I have delivered a 3-year Intermediate School religious educational text based entirely on the Catechism that we are implementing this year. Of course, we also have a mid-30’s padre who does the the TLM and is planning on moving the Tabernacle front and center under the Crucifix behind the Altar. Heh heh heh. We Catholics are taking the Church back.


3 posted on 01/05/2014 4:46:44 AM PST by MarkBsnr (I would not believe in the Gospel, if the authority of the Catholic Church did not move me to do so.)
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To: knarf; Religion Moderator

I'd be happy to discuss salvation another time on another non-caucus thread.

FRegards.

5 posted on 01/05/2014 5:40:36 AM PST by GonzoII ("If the new crime be, to believe in God, let us all be criminals" -Sheen)
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To: MarkBsnr
"Thank you my friend. I have delivered a 3-year Intermediate School religious educational text based entirely on the Catechism that we are implementing this year."

You're welcome...I believe your students are in good hands...

"Of course, we also have a mid-30’s padre"

They keep getting younger!

6 posted on 01/05/2014 5:48:13 AM PST by GonzoII ("If the new crime be, to believe in God, let us all be criminals" -Sheen)
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To: GonzoII

The Catechism Explained is my all time favorite catechism. It’s a fantastic book and is still in print: http://www.amazon.com/The-Catechism-Explained-Exhaustive-Explanation/dp/0895554976 Make sure you get the very old edition and not the newer 1950s edition. The link takes you to the very old edition.


7 posted on 01/05/2014 6:05:05 AM PST by vladimir998
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To: GonzoII

Here’s an inexpensive paperback reprint: http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=ntt_athr_dp_sr_1?ie=UTF8&field-author=Spirago+%26+Clarke&search-alias=books&text=Spirago+%26+Clarke&sort=relevancerank

Here are the companion books that would be worthwhile to get:

Anecdotes and Examples Illustrating the Catholic Catechism http://www.amazon.com/Anecdotes-Examples-Illustrating-Catholic-Catechism/dp/1481912526/ref=sr_1_3?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1388930977&sr=1-3&keywords=Francis+Spirago

There’s even an audio version: http://www.amazon.com/Anecdotes-Examples-Catechism-Commandments-God/dp/1892331764/ref=sr_1_6?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1388930977&sr=1-6&keywords=Francis+Spirago

Spirago’s Method of Christian Doctrine: A Manual for Priests, Teachers, and Parents http://www.amazon.com/Spiragos-Method-Christian-Doctrine-Teachers/dp/B008OZRUW4/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1388930918&sr=1-1&keywords=Francis+Spirago


8 posted on 01/05/2014 6:10:55 AM PST by vladimir998
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"The Catechism Explained is my all time favorite catechism."

I got mine from TAN back in the day when they first starting printing it.

Thanks for that Audio link!

9 posted on 01/05/2014 6:30:38 AM PST by GonzoII ("If the new crime be, to believe in God, let us all be criminals" -Sheen)
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To: MarkBsnr

Outstanding on both the text selection, but most of all on moving your tabernacle back to where it belongs.

As we looked at pictures at our first town hall meeting — architect provided — our priest said loud enough for everyone to hear — and the tabernacle will be in the center right under the crucifix!

My heart said “Hooray!” even though other designs didn’t turn out the way I had envisioned.


10 posted on 01/05/2014 7:37:36 AM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: GonzoII

starting = started


11 posted on 01/05/2014 11:47:21 AM PST by GonzoII ("If the new crime be, to believe in God, let us all be criminals" -Sheen)
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To: GonzoII

“Man is created for this end, that he should proclaim the majesty of God. He must do so whether he wills it or not.”

What about free will?


12 posted on 01/06/2014 2:21:08 AM PST by dsc (Any attempt to move a government to the left is a crime against humanity.)
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“Man is created for this end, that he should proclaim the majesty of God. He must do so whether he wills it or not.”

"What about free will?"

A person's obstinate refusal of God by his free act of the will in the end glorifies God's justice.

From the same paragraph:

"Even the reprobate will have to contribute to the glory of God (Prov. xvi. 4). In the end he will show how great is the holiness and justice of God. "

I think the key word is "show". The reprobate certainly wont be sing "Amazing Grace".

I'm sure the author also had these verses of Scripture in mind: Rom 2:5; 2 Pet 2:9,3:7;

FRegards

13 posted on 01/06/2014 3:29:34 AM PST by GonzoII ("If the new crime be, to believe in God, let us all be criminals" -Sheen)
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