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CATHOLIC CAUCUS: The Catechism Explained - Introduction - II How are we to attain to eternal happin
Archive .Org ^ | 1899 | Rev. Francis Spirago Professor of Theology

Posted on 01/06/2014 2:49:23 AM PST by GonzoII



INTRODUCTION.

II. HOW ARE WE TO ATTAIN TO ETERNAL HAPPINESS?

Eternal happiness consists in union with God, through the exer- cise of the intellect contemplating God and the will loving Him. If we wish to attain it, we must begin to draw near to it in this life. We must seek to know and love God. But love of God consists in keeping His commandments (John xiv. 23). From this it follows that:

We shall attain to eternal happiness by the following means:

1. We must strive to know God by means of faith in the truths He has revealed to us.

Our Lord says: "This is eternal life, that they may know Thee, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, Whom Thou hast sent " (John xvii. 3). That is to say, the knowledge of God brings man to eternal happiness.

2. We must fulfil the will of God by keeping His commandments.

Our Lord says to the rich young man : "If thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments" (Matt. xix. 17).

By means of our own strength we can neither believe nor keep the commandments; for this we need the grace of God.

Even Adam and Eve in a state of innocence needed the help of grace. He who travels to a distant country, besides his own exer- tions needs money for the journey. The farmer cannot cultivate his land without the aid of sunshine and of rain. Man, too, has a special weakness by reason of original sin. This makes grace the more indis- pensable. The blind man needs a guide, the sick man strengthening food. We are like a man who through weakness has fallen to the ground, and has no power, of himself, to rise. He must look around for one to aid him. So Our Lord tells us: "Without Me you can do nothing" (John xv. 5). As the sun is necessary to the earth, to en- lighten and warm it, so is grace necessary to our soul.

We obtain the grace of God through the means of grace instituted by Jesus Christ.

3. We must therefore avail ourselves of the means of grace; of which the chief are holy Mass, the sacraments, and prayer.

The means of grace are a channel through which grace is conveyed to our soul. Faith is the road which leads to heaven, the command- ments are like sign-posts by the way, the means of grace the money for the journey. "The way that leads to life is narrow and thorny; the way that leads to destruction is broad, and many are they who go in thereat" (Matt. vii. 13).

It is also true that he who desires happiness must have religion.

Religion consists in a knowledge of God and a life corresponding to the will of God. Religion is not a matter of feeling; it is a matter of the will and of action, and consists in following out the principles that God has laid down. Mere knowledge does not constitute relig- ion, else the devil would have religion; the service of God is neces- sarily included in it. We do not call a man a baseball player or cricketer because he knows the rules and nature of the game; practice is also required.

It is also true that he who desires to be happy must strive to be like to God.

Man becomes like to God when all his thought and action resemble the divine thought and action. The commandments of God are a mirror, in which we recognize whether our actions are like or unlike those of God.



TOPICS: Catholic; Theology
KEYWORDS: catechismexplained; catholic

1 posted on 01/06/2014 2:49:24 AM PST by GonzoII
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THE CATECHISM EXPLAINED

INTRODUCTION

I. FOR WHAT END ARE WE ON THIS EARTH?
II. HOW ARE WE TO ATTAIN TO ETERNAL HAPPINESS?

2 posted on 01/06/2014 2:51:37 AM PST by GonzoII ("If the new crime be, to believe in God, let us all be criminals" -Sheen)
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To: knarf; agere_contra; Arthur McGowan

This is a Catholic Caucus thread.


10 posted on 01/06/2014 4:46:57 AM PST by GonzoII ("If the new crime be, to believe in God, let us all be criminals" -Sheen)
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To: agere_contra
"Warm regards."

Same to ya.

In the future some of these posts from this Catechism
will have to be open considering its content.

17 posted on 01/06/2014 5:31:10 AM PST by GonzoII ("If the new crime be, to believe in God, let us all be criminals" -Sheen)
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To: knarf; agere_contra; Arthur McGowan

This Religion Forum thread is labeled “Catholic Caucus” meaning if you are not currently, actively Catholic then do NOT post on the thread.


18 posted on 01/06/2014 7:58:19 AM PST by Religion Moderator
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To: GonzoII
Please label your future caucus threads without the all Caps and the "Catholic Caucus" in the front so that the label will be clearly seen, i.e.

CATHOLIC CAUCUS: The Catechism Explained - Introduction - II How are we to attain to eternal happiness?

19 posted on 01/06/2014 8:01:33 AM PST by Religion Moderator
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To: GonzoII

I am a practicing Catholic.

Clinging to Sacraments? Following Commandments?

Sounds like self-absorbed Promethean neo-Pelagianism to me!

(It’s a JOKE!)


20 posted on 01/06/2014 9:50:34 AM PST by Arthur McGowan
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To: Arthur McGowan
"I am a practicing Catholic...(It’s a JOKE!)"

I knew that. I wanted to try and reign in the Caucus thread before it was to late...just take a look at it now. ;0)

21 posted on 01/06/2014 10:03:05 AM PST by GonzoII ("If the new crime be, to believe in God, let us all be criminals" -Sheen)
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