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  • Catholic Caucus: The Catechism of St. Thomas Aquinas - THE HAIL MARY

    05/04/2009 7:34:18 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 10 replies · 667+ views
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    The Catechism of St. Thomas Aquinas THE HAIL MARY THE ANGELIC SALUTATION This salutation has three parts. The Angel gave one part, namely: "Hail, full of grace, the Lord is with thee, blessed art thou among women."[1] The other part was given by Elizabeth, the mother of John the Baptist, namely: "Blessed is the fruit of thy womb."[2] The Church adds the third part, that is, "Mary," because the Angel did not say, "Hail, Mary," but "Hail, full of grace." But, as we shall see, this name, "Mary," according to its meaning agrees with the words of the Angels.[3]...
  • The Catechism of St. Thomas Aquinas SEVENTH PETITION: "But Deliver Us from Evil. Amen."

    05/03/2009 4:55:38 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 7 replies · 360+ views
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    The Catechism of St. Thomas Aquinas SEVENTH PETITION: "But Deliver Us from Evil. Amen." The Lord has already taught us to pray for forgiveness of our sins, and how to avoid temptations. In this petition, He teaches us to pray to be preserved from evil, and indeed from all evil in general, such as sin, illness, affliction and all others, as St. Augustine explains it.[1] But since we have already mentioned sin and temptation, we now must consider other evils, such as adversity and all afflictions of this world. From these God preserves us in a fourfold manner. First,...
  • The Catechism of St. Thomas Aquinas THE SIXTH PETITION: "And Lead Us Not Into Temptation."

    05/02/2009 9:55:53 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 222+ views
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    The Catechism of St. Thomas Aquinas THE SIXTH PETITION: "And Lead Us Not Into Temptation." There are those who have sinned and desire forgiveness for their sins. They confess their sins and repent. Yet, they do not strive as much as they should in order that they may not fall into sin again. In this indeed they are not consistent. For, on the one hand, they deplore their sins by being sorry for them; and, on the other hand, they sin again and again and have them again to deplore. Thus it is written: "Wash yourselves, be clean. Take...
  • The Catechism of Aquinas: And Forgive Us Our Trespasses As We Forgive Those Who Trespass Against Us.

    05/01/2009 2:41:27 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 249+ views
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    The Catechism of St. Thomas Aquinas THE FIFTH PETITION: "And Forgive Us Our Trespasses As We Forgive Those Who Trespass Against Us." There are some men of great wisdom and fortitude who, because they trust too much in their own strength, do not wisely carry out what they attempt, and they do not bring to completion that which they have in mind. "Designs are strengthened by counsels."[1] It must be known that the Holy Ghost who gives fortitude also gives counsel. Every good counsel concerning the salvation of man is from the Holy Ghost. Thus, counsel is necessary for...
  • The Catechism of St. Thomas Aquinas THE FOURTH PETITION "Give Us This Day Our Daily Bread."

    04/29/2009 8:51:42 PM PDT · by GonzoII · 1 replies · 163+ views
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    The Catechism of St. Thomas Aquinas THE FOURTH PETITION "Give Us This Day Our Daily Bread." Sometimes it happens that one of great learning and wisdom becomes fearful and timid; and, therefore, it is necessary that he have fortitude of heart lest he lack necessities: "It is He that giveth strength to the weary, and increaseth force and might to them that are not."[1] The Holy Spirit gives this fortitude: "And the Spirit entered into me, . . . and He set me upon my feet."[2] This fortitude which is given by the Holy Ghost so strengthens the heart...
  • The Catechism of Aquinas THE THIRD PETITION: "Thy Will Be Done on Earth as It Is in Heaven."

    04/28/2009 8:55:39 PM PDT · by GonzoII · 1 replies · 238+ views
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    The Catechism of St. Thomas Aquinas THE THIRD PETITION: "Thy Will Be Done on Earth as It Is in Heaven." The third gift which the Holy Spirit works in us is called the gift of knowledge. The Holy Spirit not only gives us the gift of fear and the gift of piety (which is a sweet affection for God, as we have said); but He also makes man wise. It was this for which David prayed: "Teach me goodness and discipline and knowledge."[1] This knowledge which the Holy Spirit teaches us is that whereby man lives justly. Among all...
  • The Catechism of St. Thomas Aquinas THE SECOND PETITION: "Thy Kingdom Come."

    04/27/2009 9:08:45 PM PDT · by GonzoII · 1 replies · 251+ views
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    The Catechism of St. Thomas Aquinas THE SECOND PETITION: "Thy Kingdom Come." The Holy Spirit makes us love, desire and pray rightly; and instills in us, first of all, a fear whereby we ask that the name of God be sanctified. He gives us another gift, that of piety. This is a devout and loving affection for our Father and for all men who are in trouble. Now, since God is our Father, we ought not only reverence and fear Him, but also have towards Him a sweet and pious affection. This love makes us pray that the kingdom...
  • The Catechism of St. Thomas Aquinas THE FIRST PETITION: "Hallowed Be Thy Name."

    04/26/2009 9:07:03 PM PDT · by GonzoII · 154+ views
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    The Catechism of St. Thomas Aquinas THE FIRST PETITION: "Hallowed Be Thy Name." This is the first petition, and in it we ask that God's name be manifested and declared in us. The name of God, first of all, is wonderful because it works wonders in all creatures. Thus said Our Lord: "In My name they shall cast out devils, they shall speak new tongues. They shall take up serpents; and if they shall drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them."[1] GOD'S NAME IS LOVABLE This name is lovable: "There is no other name under heaven given...
  • The Catechism of Aquinas: THE OPENING WORDS OF THE LORD'S PRAYER "Our Father who art in heaven"

    04/26/2009 2:38:32 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 223+ views
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    The Catechism of St. Thomas Aquinas THE OPENING WORDS OF THE LORD'S PRAYER PREPARATION FOR THE PETITIONS Our FATHER.--Note here two things, namely, that God is our Father, and what we owe to Him because He is our Father. God is our Father by reason of our special creation, in that He created us in His image and likeness, and did not so create all inferior creatures: "Is not He thy Father, that made thee, and created thee?"[1] Likewise God is our Father in that He governs us, yet treats us as masters, and not servants, as is the...
  • Catechism of Aquinas |SUMMARY OF THE TEN COMMANDMENTS| THE OUR FATHER & FIVE QUALITIES OF PRAYER

    04/25/2009 1:51:19 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 3 replies · 416+ views
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    The Catechism of St. Thomas Aquinas SUMMARY OF THE TEN COMMANDMENTS These are the ten precepts to which Our Lord referred when He said: "If thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments" (Matt., xix. 17). There are two main principles of all the Commandments, namely, love of God and love of neighbor. The man that loves God must necessarily do three things: (1) he must have no other God. And in support of this is the Commandment: "Thou shalt not have strange gods"; (2) he must give God all honor. And so it is commanded: "Thou shalt not...
  • The Catechism of Aquinas THE NINTH (TENTH) COMMANDMENT: Thou shalt Not Covet Thy Neighbor's Goods

    04/24/2009 6:39:16 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 5 replies · 403+ views
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    The Catechism of St. Thomas Aquinas THE NINTH (TENTH) COMMANDMENT:[1] "Thou shalt Not Covet Thy Neighbor's Goods." "Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's goods." There is this difference between the divine and the human laws that human law judges only deeds and words, whereas the divine law judges also thoughts. The reason is because human laws are made by men who see things only exteriorly, but the divine law is from God, who sees both external things and the very interior of men. "Thou art the God of my heart."[2] And again: "Man seeth those things that appear, but...
  • The Catechism of Aquinas THE TENTH (NINTH) COMMANDMENT: Thou Shalt Not Covet Thy Neighbor's Wife

    04/23/2009 9:23:45 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 1 replies · 223+ views
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    The Catechism of St. Thomas Aquinas THE TENTH (NINTH) COMMANDMENT: "Thou Shalt Not Covet Thy Neighbor's Wife." St. John says in his first Epistle that "all that is in the world is the concupiscence of the flesh, the concupiscence of the eyes, and the pride of life."[1] Now, all that is desirable is included in these three, two of which are forbidden by the precept: "Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's house."[2] Here "house," signifying height, refers to avarice, for "glory and wealth shall be in his house."[3] This means that he who desires the house, desires honors and...
  • Catechism of Aquinas THE 8TH COMMANDMENT: Thou Shalt Not Bear False Witness Against Thy Neighbor

    04/22/2009 7:59:36 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 5 replies · 641+ views
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    The Catechism of St. Thomas Aquinas THE EIGHTH COMMANDMENT: "Thou Shalt Not Bear False Witness Against Thy Neighbor." The Lord has forbidden anyone to injure his neighbor by deed; now he forbids us to injure him by word. "Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor."[1] This may occur in two ways, either in a court of justice or in ordinary conversation. In the court of justice it may happen in three ways, according to the three persons who may violate this Commandment in court.[2] The first person is the plaintiff who makes a false accusation: "Thou shalt...
  • The Catechism of St. Thomas Aquinas THE SEVENTH COMMANDMENT: "Thou Shalt Not Steal."

    04/20/2009 8:49:24 PM PDT · by GonzoII · 1 replies · 347+ views
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    The Catechism of St. Thomas Aquinas THE SEVENTH COMMANDMENT: "Thou Shalt Not Steal." The Lord specifically forbids injury to our neighbor in the Commandments. Thus, "Thou shalt not kill" forbids us to injure our neighbor in his own person; "Thou shalt not commit adultery" forbids injury to the person to whom one is bound in marriage; and now the Commandment, "Thou shalt not steal," forbids us to injure our neighbor in his goods. This Commandment forbids any worldly goods whatsoever to be taken away wrongfully.[1] Theft is committed in a number of ways. First, by taking stealthily: "If the...
  • The Catechism of St. Thomas Aquinas THE SIXTH COMMANDMENT: "Thou Shalt Not Commit Adultery."

    04/19/2009 8:07:48 PM PDT · by GonzoII · 11 replies · 529+ views
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    The Catechism of St. Thomas Aquinas THE SIXTH COMMANDMENT: "Thou Shalt Not Commit Adultery." After the prohibition of murder, adultery is forbidden. This is fitting, since husband and wife are as one body. "They shall be," says the Lord, "two in one flesh."[1] Therefore, after an injury inflicted upon a man in his own person, none is so grave as that which is inflicted upon a person with whom one is joined.[2] Adultery is forbidden both to the wife and the husband. We shall first consider the adultery of the wife, since in this seems to lie the greater...
  • The Catechism of St. Thomas Aquinas THE FIFTH COMMANDMENT: "Thou Shalt Not Kill."

    04/19/2009 1:36:56 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 8 replies · 510+ views
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    The Catechism of St. Thomas Aquinas THE FIFTH COMMANDMENT: "Thou Shalt Not Kill." THE SIN OF KILLING In the divine law which tells us we must love God and our neighbor, it is commanded that we not only do good but also avoid evil. The greatest evil that can be done to one's neighbor is to take his life. This is prohibited in the Commandment: "Thou shalt not kill."[1] Killing of Animals Is Lawful.--In connection with this Commandment there are three errors. Some have said that it is not permitted to kill even brute animals. But this is false,...
  • The Catechism of St. Thomas Aquinas THE FOURTH COMMANDMENT: Honor thy father and thy mother

    04/18/2009 2:49:48 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 293+ views
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    The Catechism of St. Thomas Aquinas THE FOURTH COMMANDMENT: "Honor thy father and thy mother, that thou mayest be long-lived upon the land which the Lord thy God will give thee."[1] Perfection for man consists in the love of God and of neighbor. Now, the three Commandments which were written on the first tablet pertain to the love of God; for the love of neighbor there were the seven Commandments on the second tablet. But we must "love, not in word nor in tongue, but in deed and in truth."[2] For a man to love thus, he must do...
  • The Catechism of St. Thomas Aquinas. III: "Remember that You Keep Holy the Sabbath Day."

    04/16/2009 9:21:54 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 1 replies · 198+ views
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    The Catechism of St. Thomas Aquinas THE THIRD COMMANDMENT: "Remember that You Keep Holy the Sabbath Day." This is the Third Commandment of the law, and very suitably is it so. For we are first commanded to adore God in our hearts, and the Commandment is to worship one God: "Thou shalt not have strange gods before Me." In the Second Commandment we are told to reverence God by word: "Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain." The Third commands us to reverence God by act. It is: "Remember that thou keep holy...
  • The Catechism of St. Thomas Aquinas: II Thou Shalt Not Take the Name of the Lord Thy God in Vain

    04/15/2009 8:10:04 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 3 replies · 315+ views
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    The Catechism of St. Thomas Aquinas SECOND COMMANDMENT: "Thou Shalt Not Take the Name of the Lord Thy God in Vain." This is the Second Commandment of the law. Just as there is but one God whom we must worship, so there is only one God whom we should reverence in a special manner. This, first of all, has reference to the name of God. "Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain."[1] THE MEANING OF IN VAIN "In vain" has a threefold meaning. Sometimes it is said of that which is false: "They...
  • The Catechism of St. Thomas Aquinas: FIRST COMMANDMENT: Thou Shalt Not Have Strange Gods Before Me

    04/14/2009 8:21:59 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 5 replies · 327+ views
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    The Catechism of St. Thomas Aquinas THE FIRST COMMANDMENT: "Thou Shalt Not Have Strange Gods Before Me." The entire law of Christ depends upon charity. And charity depends on two precepts, one of which concerns loving God and the other concerns loving our neighbor. Now God, in delivering the law to Moses, gave him Ten Commandments written upon two tablets of stone. Three of these Commandments that were written on the first tablet referred to the love of God; and the seven Commandments written on the other tablet related to the love of our neighbor. The whole law, therefore,...
  • The Catechism of St. Thomas Aquinas, EXTREME UNCTION, HOLY ORDERS, MATRIMONY, Summary of Sacraments

    04/13/2009 3:33:35 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 2 replies · 342+ views
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    The Catechism of St. Thomas Aquinas EXTREME UNCTION The fifth Sacrament is Extreme Unction. Its matter is olive oil blessed by the bishop. This Sacrament should only be received by those who are in danger of death through sickness. They are to be anointed in the places of the five senses: that is, on the eyes, because it is the organ of the sense of sight; on the ears, because of hearing; on the nostrils, because of smell; on the lips, because of taste or speech; and on the hands because of touch, and on the feet because of...
  • The Catechism of St. Thomas Aquinas PENANCE

    03/27/2009 1:34:48 PM PDT · by GonzoII · 1 replies · 205+ views
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    The Catechism of St. Thomas Aquinas PENANCE The fourth Sacrament is Penance. The matter,[27] as it were, of this Sacrament is the acts of the penitent, which are called the three parts of Penance. The first part is a heart-felt contrition, by which one is sorry for the sins one has committed, and determines not to sin again. The second part is confession, which consists in this that the sinner confesses all the sins of which he is mindful to the priest; and all of them at one time to one priest, not dividing them to a number of...
  • The Catechism of St. Thomas Aquinas THE HOLY EUCHARIST

    03/24/2009 12:13:23 PM PDT · by GonzoII · 5 replies · 303+ views
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    The Catechism of St. Thomas Aquinas THE HOLY EUCHARIST The third Sacrament is the Holy Eucharist. Its matter is wheaten bread and wine from the grape mixed with a little water so that the water becomes part of the wine. The water signifies the faithful who are incorporated into Christ. Other than wheaten bread and wine from the grape cannot be the matter for this Sacrament. The form of this Sacrament is the very words of Christ, "This is My Body," and "This is the chalice of My Blood of the new and eternal testament; the mystery of faith;...
  • The Catechism of St. Thomas Aquinas: CONFIRMATION

    03/20/2009 6:59:55 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 6 replies · 273+ views
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    The Catechism of St. Thomas Aquinas CONFIRMATION The second Sacrament is Confirmation. The matter of this Sacrament is chrism made from oil, which signifies the bright lustre of conscience, and from balsam, which signifies the odor of a good name; both of which are blessed by the bishop. The form of this Sacrament is: "I sign thee with the sign of the cross, and I confirm thee with the chrism of salvation, in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen."[18] The minister of this Sacrament is solely the bishop.[19] It is...
  • The Catechism of St. Thomas Aquinas BAPTISM

    03/15/2009 2:16:07 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 1 replies · 560+ views
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    The Catechism of St. Thomas Aquinas BAPTISM Having considered the Sacraments in general, it is now necessary to say something about each one in particular. First, we consider Baptism, of which it must be known that the matter of this Sacrament is natural water, and it makes no difference whether it is cold or warm. In artificial waters, however, such as rose water, one cannot baptize. The form of Baptism is: "I baptize thee in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost." The minister of Baptism ordinarily is the priest, whose office...
  • The Catechism of St. Thomas Aquinas EXPLANATION OF THE SACRAMENTS

    03/12/2009 11:48:11 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 1 replies · 344+ views
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    The Catechism of St. Thomas Aquinas EXPLANATION OF THE SACRAMENTS THE SACRAMENTS OF THE CHURCH We shall now consider the Sacraments of the Church. We shall treat them under one heading, since they all pertain to the effect of grace. First of all, that must be known which St. Augustine wrote in the tenth book of "The City of God": "a Sacrament is a sacred thing" or "the sign of a sacred thing."[1] Even in the Old Law there were certain sacraments, that is, signs of a sacred thing--for example, the paschal lamb and other legal sacred signs or...
  • The Catechism of St. Thomas Aquinas THE TWELFTH ARTICLE: "Life everlasting. Amen."

    03/07/2009 6:58:31 AM PST · by GonzoII · 2 replies · 207+ views
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    The Catechism of St. Thomas Aquinas THE TWELFTH ARTICLE: "Life everlasting. Amen." The end of all our desires, eternal life, is fittingly placed last among those things to be believed; and the Creed says: "life everlasting. Amen." They wrote this to stand against those who believe that the soul perishes with the body. If this were indeed true, then the condition of man would be just the same as that of the beasts. This agrees with what the Psalmist says: "Man when he was in honor did not understand; he hath been compared to senseless beasts, and made like...
  • The Catechism of St. Thomas Aquinas THE ELEVENTH ARTICLE: "The Resurrection of the Body."

    02/27/2009 9:53:22 PM PST · by GonzoII · 1 replies · 254+ views
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    The Catechism of St. Thomas Aquinas THE ELEVENTH ARTICLE: "The Resurrection of the Body." Not only does the Holy Spirit sanctify the Church as regards the souls of its members, but also our bodies shall rise again by His power: "We believe in Him that raised up Jesus Christ, Our Lord, from the dead."[1] And: "By a man came death: and by a Man the resurrection of the dead."[2] In this there occur four considerations: (1) the benefits which proceed from our faith in the resurrection; (2) the qualities of those who shall rise, taken all in general; (3)...
  • The Catechism of St. Thomas Aquinas 10th ART: The Communion of Saints, the Forgiveness of Sins

    02/18/2009 12:29:52 PM PST · by GonzoII · 3 replies · 268+ views
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    The Catechism of St. Thomas Aquinas THE TENTH ARTICLE: "The Communion of Saints, the Forgiveness of Sins." As in our natural body the operation of one member works for the good of the entire body, so also is it with a spiritual body, such as is the Church. Because all the faithful are one body, the good of one member is communicated to another: "And every one members, one of another."[1] So, among the points of faith which the Apostles have handed down is that there is a common sharing of good in the Church. This is expressed in...
  • The Catechism of St. Thomas Aquinas THE NINTH ARTICLE: "I Believe in the Holy Catholic Church."

    02/13/2009 10:22:56 PM PST · by GonzoII · 3 replies · 221+ views
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    The Catechism of St. Thomas Aquinas THE NINTH ARTICLE: "I Believe in the Holy Catholic Church." We see that in a man there are one soul and one body; and of his body there are many members. So also the Catholic Church is one body and has different members. The soul which animates this body is the Holy Spirit.[1] Hence, after confessing our faith in the Holy Ghost, we are bid to believe in the Holy Catholic Church. Thus, in the Symbol it is said, "the Holy Catholic Church." It must be known that "church" is the same as...
  • The Catechism of St. Thomas Aquinas THE EIGHTH ARTICLE: "I Believe in the Holy Ghost."

    02/08/2009 9:09:59 PM PST · by GonzoII · 8 replies · 368+ views
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    The Catechism of St. Thomas Aquinas THE EIGHTH ARTICLE: "I Believe in the Holy Ghost." As we have said, the Word of God is the Son of God just as in a way the word of man is the concept of his intellect.[1] But sometimes man has a word which is dead. This is when, for instance, he conceives what he ought to do, but he has not the will to do it; or when one believes but does not practise; then his faith is said to be dead, as St. James points out.[2] The word of God, however,...
  • The Catechism of St. Thomas Aquinas 7th Art: From thence He shall come to judge the living..dead

    02/06/2009 4:52:31 AM PST · by GonzoII · 3 replies · 311+ views
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    The Catechism of St. Thomas Aquinas THE SEVENTH ARTICLE: "From thence He shall come to judge the living and the dead." It is of the office of the King and Lord to pronounce judgment: "The king that sitteth on the throne of judgment scattereth away all evil with His look."[1] Since Christ, therefore, ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of God as Lord of all, it is clear that His is the office of Judge. For this reason we say in the rule of Catholic faith that "He shall come to judge the living and the...
  • The Catechism of St. Thomas Aquinas 6th ART He ascended into heaven, and sitteth at the right hand..

    02/04/2009 9:01:27 AM PST · by GonzoII · 7 replies · 504+ views
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    The Catechism of St. Thomas Aquinas THE SIXTH ARTICLE: "He ascended into heaven, and sitteth at the right hand of God, the Father Almighty." Besides the resurrection of Christ, we must also believe in His ascension; for He ascended into heaven on the fortieth day. Hence, the Creed says: "He ascended into heaven." Concerning this we ought to observe three things, viz., that it was sublime, reasonable, and beneficial. THE SUBLIMITY OF THE ASCENSION It was certainly sublime that Christ ascended into heaven. This is expounded in three ways. Firstly, He ascended above the physical heaven: "He . ....
  • The Catechism of St. Thomas Aquinas 5th Art. Cont. The third day He arose again from the dead.

    01/29/2009 9:02:06 PM PST · by GonzoII · 2 replies · 215+ views
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    THE FIFTH ARTICLE (CONTINUED): "The third day He arose again from the dead." We must necessarily know two things: the glory of God and the punishment of hell. For being attracted by His glory and made fearful by punishments, we take warning and withdraw ourselves from sin. But for us to appreciate these facts is very difficult. Thus, it is said of God's glory: "But the things that are in heaven, who shall search out?"[1] For those who are worldly minded this is indeed difficult, because "he that is of the earth, of the earth he is, and of the...
  • The Catechism of St. Thomas Aquinas THE FIFTH ARTICLE: "He Descended into Hell."

    01/27/2009 9:00:20 PM PST · by GonzoII · 9 replies · 498+ views
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    The Catechism of St. Thomas Aquinas THE FIFTH ARTICLE: "He Descended into Hell." The death of Christ was the separation of His soul from His body as it is with other men. But the Divinity was so indissolubly conjoined to the Man Christ that although His soul and body were disunited, His Divinity was always most perfectly united to both the soul and body. This we have seen above. Therefore in the Sepulchre His body was together with the Son of God who together with His soul descended into hell.[1] REASONS FOR CHRIST'S DESCENT There are four reasons why...
  • The Catechism of St. Thomas Aquinas 4th ART Suffered under Pontius Pilate was crucified...

    01/25/2009 4:46:29 AM PST · by GonzoII · 6 replies · 481+ views
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    The Catechism of St. Thomas Aquinas THE FOURTH ARTICLE: "Suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried." It is just as necessary for the Christian to believe in the passion and death of the Son of God as it is to believe in His Incarnation. For, as St. Gregory says, "there would have been no advantage in His having been born for us unless we had profited by His Redemption." That Christ died for us is so tremendous a fact that our intellect can scarcely grasp it; for in no way does it fall in the natural...
  • The Catechism of St. Thomas Aquinas 3rd ART. Who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of..

    01/22/2009 9:29:44 PM PST · by GonzoII · 18 replies · 323+ views
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    The Catechism of St. Thomas Aquinas THE THIRD ARTICLE: "Who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary." The Christian must not only believe in the Son of God, as we have seen, but also in His Incarnation. St. John, after having written of things subtle and difficult to understand,[1] points out the Incarnation to us when he says: "And the Word was made flesh."[2] Now, in order that we may understand something of this, I give two illustrations at the outset. It is clear that there is nothing more like the Word of God than...
  • The Catechism of St. Thomas Aquinas 2nd Article: "And in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord."

    01/18/2009 2:01:10 AM PST · by GonzoII · 2 replies · 281+ views
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    The Catechism of St. Thomas Aquinas THE SECOND ARTICLE: "And in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord." It is not only necessary for Christians to believe in one God who is the Creator of heaven and earth and of all things; but also they must believe that God is the Father and that Christ is the true Son of God. This, as St. Peter says, is not mere fable, but is certain and proved by the word of God on the Mount of Transfiguration. "For we have not by following artificial fables made known to you the power...
  • The Catechism of St. Thomas Aquinas - The Apostles' Creed - FIRST ARTICLE: "I Believe in One God."

    01/16/2009 9:57:25 PM PST · by GonzoII · 1 replies · 317+ views
    Nazareth Resource Library ^ | 1274 | St. Thomas Aquinas
    The Catechism of St. Thomas Aquinas THE FIRST ARTICLE: "I Believe in One God." Among all the truths which the faithful must believe, this is the first-that there is one God. We must see that God means the ruler and provider of all things. He, therefore, believes in God who believes that everything in this world is governed and provided for by Him. He who would believe that all things come into being by chance does not believe that there is a God. No one is so foolish as to deny that all nature, which operates with a certain...
  • The Catechism of St. Thomas Aquinas - The Apostles' Creed - WHAT IS FAITH?

    01/16/2009 7:44:51 AM PST · by GonzoII · 4 replies · 352+ views
    Nazareth Resource Library ^ | 1274 | St. Thomas Aquinas
    The Catechism of St. Thomas Aquinas The Apostles' Creed WHAT IS FAITH? The Nature and Effects of Faith.--The first thing that is necessary for every Christian is faith, without which no one is truly called a faithful Christian.[1] Faith brings about four good effects. The first is that through faith the soul is united to God, and by it there is between the soul and God a union akin to marriage. "I will espouse thee in faith."[2] When a man is baptized the first question that is asked him is: "Do you believe in God?"[3] This is because Baptism...