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The Complete Catholic Handbook

The Complete Catholic Handbook

Chapter 3

  1. Will Faith alone save us?
  2. What is Hope?
  3. Why must we hope in God?
  4. Can we do any good work of ourselves towards our salvation?
  5. What is grace?
  6. How must we obtain God’s grace?
  7. What is prayer?
  8. How do we raise up our mind and heart to God?
  9. Do those pray well who, at their prayers, think neither of God nor of what they say?
  10. Which is the best of all prayers?
  11. Who made the Lord’s Prayer?
  12. Say the Lord’s Prayer.
  13. In the Lord’s Prayer who is called ‘Our Father?
  14. Why is God called ‘Our Father?
  15. Is God also the Father of all mankind?
  16. Why do we say, ‘Our’ Father, and not ‘My’ Father?
  17. When we say, ‘Hallowed be Thy name’, what do we pray for?
  18. When we say, ‘Thy kingdom come’, what do we pray for?
  19. When we say, ‘Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven’, what do we pray for?
  20. When we say, ‘Give us this day our daily bread’, what do we pray for?
  21. When we say, ‘Forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive them that trespass against us’, what do we pray for?
  22. When we say, ‘Lead us not into temptation’, what do we pray for?
  23. When we say, ‘Deliver us from evil’, what do we pray for?
  24. Should we ask the Angels and Saints to pray for us?
  25. How can we show that the Angels and Saints know what passes on earth?
  26. What is the chief prayer to the Blessed Virgin which the Church uses?
  27. Say the Hail Mary.
  28. Who made the first part of the Hail Mary?
  29. Who made the second part of the Hail Mary?
  30. Why should we frequently say the Hail Mary?
  31. Have we another reason for often saying the Hail Mary?
  32. Why does the Catholic Church show great devotion to the Blessed Virgin?
  33. How is the Blessed Virgin Mother of God?
  34. Is the Blessed Virgin our Mother also?

  1. Will Faith alone save us?
    Faith alone will not save us without good works; we must also have Hope and Charity.

    Good Works. To keep the Commandments; to go to the Sacraments; to attend at instructions and sermons; to read good books; prayer, fasting, and alms-deeds. In order to be saved it is necessary to perform good works ‘For even as the body without the spirit is dead, so also faith without works is dead.’ (James 2:26)

  2. What is Hope?
    Hope is a supernatural gift of God, by which we firmly trust that God will give us eternal life and all the means necessary to obtain it, if we do what He requires of us.

    Hope. To expect or desire anything. The sins against the virtue of Hope are—(1) despair, or a want of confidence in God, or distrusting God’s goodness and His promises to us; Cain and Judas were guilty of this sin; (2) presumption, which is a foolish expectation that God will give us salvation even if we do not make use of the proper means to obtain it.

  3. Why must we hope in God?
    We must hope in God because He is infinitely good, infinitely powerful, and faithful to His promises.

  4. Can we do any good work of ourselves towards our salvation?
    We can do no good work of ourselves towards our salvation; we need the help of God’s grace.

    Of ourselves. By our own power without the help of anyone.

    Grace. A gift, a favour. The principal kinds of grace are—(1) sanctifying or habitual grace, which is the state of the soul when possessed by the Holy Spirit, and which makes it holy and pleasing to God; (2) actual grace, or the action of the Holy Spirit upon the soul, by which God enlightens our understanding, and inclines our will to avoid evil and to do what is good; (3) Sacramental grace, which is the special and distinguishing grace conferred by each Sacrament.

  5. What is grace?
    Grace is a supernatural gift of God, freely bestowed upon us for our sanctification and salvation.

    Freely bestowed. Given to us by the free will of God.

    Sanctification. Making us holy and pleasing to God.

    Salvation. Saving our souls and gaining heaven.

  6. How must we obtain God’s grace?
    We must obtain God’s grace chiefly by prayer and the holy Sacraments.

    Prayer. Asking, beseeching. The two chief kinds of prayer are—(1) mental, or praying with the mind alone; (2) vocal, or praying with the voice as well as the mind.

  7. What is prayer?
    Prayer is the raising up of the mind and heart to God.

  8. How do we raise up our mind and heart to God?
    We raise up our mind and heart to God by thinking of God; by adoring, praising, and thanking Him; and by begging of Him all blessings for soul and body.

  9. Do those pray well who, at their prayers, think neither of God nor of what they say?
    Those who, at their prayers think neither of God nor of what they say, do not pray well; but they offend God, if their distractions are wilful.

    Distraction. A wandering of the mind, idle thoughts.

    Wilful. That which is consented to.

  10. Which is the best of all prayers?
    The best of all prayers is the ‘Our Father’, or the Lord’s Prayer.

    The Lord’s Prayer. This prayer was made by our Lord in answer to the petition of the Apostles, ‘Lord, teach us how to pray’. It was on the occasion of His preaching the ‘Sermon on the Mount’. The prayer is divided into seven parts, the first three of which relate particularly to God, the others to ourselves and to our neighbours.

  11. Who made the Lord’s Prayer?
    Jesus Christ Himself made the Lord’s Prayer.

  12. Say the Lord’s Prayer.
    Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name; Thy kingdom come; Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven; give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive them that trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil. Amen.

    ’Our Father who art in heaven.’ These words form, as it were, the introduction to the petitions which follow.

  13. In the Lord’s Prayer who is called ‘Our Father?
    In the Lord’s Prayer God is called ‘Our Father’.

  14. Why is God called ‘Our Father?
    God is called ‘Our Father’ because He is the Father of all Christians, whom He has made his children by Holy Baptism.

  15. Is God also the Father of all mankind?
    God is also the Father of all mankind, because He made them all, and loves and preserves them all.

    Preserves. Keeps from harm, takes care of us.

  16. Why do we say, ‘Our’ Father, and not ‘My’ Father?
    We say ‘Our’ Father, and not ‘My’ Father, because, being all brethren, we are to pray not for ourselves only, but also for all others.

  17. When we say, ‘Hallowed be Thy name’, what do we pray for?
    When we say, ‘Hallowed be Thy name’, we pray that God may be known, loved, and served by all His creatures.

    Hallowed. Made or kept holy; praised, honoured, reverenced.

  18. When we say, ‘Thy kingdom come’, what do we pray for?
    When we say, ‘Thy kingdom come’, we pray that God may come and reign in the hearts of all by His grace in this world, and bring us all hereafter to His heavenly kingdom.

    Reign. To have complete power over us, to rule.

  19. When we say, ‘Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven’, what do we pray for?
    When we say, ‘Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven’, we pray that God may enable us, by His grace, to do His will in all things, as the Blessed do in heaven.

  20. When we say, ‘Give us this day our daily bread’, what do we pray for?
    When we say, ‘Give us this day our daily bread’, we pray that God may give us daily all that is necessary for soul and body.

    All that is necessary. Whatever we stand in need of—the grace of God and the Holy Communion for our souls; and food and clothing, etc., for our bodies.

  21. When we say, ‘Forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive them that trespass against us’, what do we pray for?
    When we say, ‘Forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive them that trespass against us’, we pray that God may forgive us our sins, as we forgive others the injuries they do to us.

    Trespasses. Injuries, offences, doing what is wrong.

  22. When we say, ‘Lead us not into temptation’, what do we pray for?
    When we say, ‘Lead us not into temptation’, we pray that God may give us grace not to yield to temptation.

    Yield. To give way, to be overcome.

    Temptation. Anything that may entice or provoke us to sin.

  23. When we say, ‘Deliver us from evil’, what do we pray for?
    When we say, ‘Deliver us from evil’, we pray that God may free us from all evil, both of soul and body.

    Deliver. To liberate or set free.

  24. Should we ask the Angels and Saints to pray for us?
    We should ask the Angels and Saints to pray for us because they are our friends and brethren and because their prayers have great power with God.

    Saints. The souls of those who died in a state of grace, and are now with God in heaven. The word ‘saint’ means a holy person.

    Angels. Those pure spirits first created by God, and who have remained faithful. They have free-will, reason, and understanding; but no bodies. The holy Angels are divided into nine orders or choirs—Seraphim, Cherubim, and Thrones; Dominations, Principalities, and Powers; Virtues, Archangels, and Angels. The word ‘angel’ means a messenger.

    Brethren. Those belonging to the same family or society.

  25. How can we show that the Angels and Saints know what passes on earth?
    We can show that the Angels and Saints know what passes on earth from the words of Christ: ‘There shall be joy before the angels of God upon one sinner doing penance’. (Luke 15:10)

    Doing penance. Being sorry and trying to make satisfaction for sin.

  26. What is the chief prayer to the Blessed Virgin which the Church uses?
    The chief prayer to the Blessed Virgin which the Church uses is the Hail Mary.

    The Hail Mary. This prayer is divided into three parts—(1) the words used by the Angel Gabriel at the time of the Annunciation: ‘Hail, full of grace, the Lord is with thee’ (Luke 1:28); (2) the words used by St Elizabeth at the time of the Visitation: ‘Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb’ (Luke 1:42); (3) the words added by the Church at the Council of Ephesus; ‘Holy Mary’, etc. The term ‘Hail’ is the same as ‘Ave’ or ‘Salve’, and means ‘Be well’, ‘Health to thee’, or ‘I salute thee’.

  27. Say the Hail Mary.
    Hail, Mary, full of grace; the Lord is with thee; blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen.

  28. Who made the first part of the Hail Mary?
    The Angel Gabriel and St. Elizabeth, inspired by the Holy Spirit, made the first part of the Hail Mary.

  29. Who made the second part of the Hail Mary?
    The Church of God, guided by the Holy Spirit, made the second part of the Hail Mary.

    Guided. Directed, led, being shown the way.

  30. Why should we frequently say the Hail Mary?
    We should frequently say the Hail Mary to put us in mind of the Incarnation of the Son of God; and to honour our Blessed Lady, the Mother of God.

  31. Have we another reason for often saying the Hail Mary?
    We have another reason for often saying the Hail Mary—to ask our Blessed Lady to pray for us sinners at all times, but especially at the hour of death.

  32. Why does the Catholic Church show great devotion to the Blessed Virgin?
    The Catholic Church shows great devotion to the Blessed Virgin because she is the Immaculate Mother of God.

    Devotion. Honour, love, reverence, great affection.

    Immaculate. Free from the stain of original sin. By the ‘Immaculate Conception’ we mean that the Blessed Virgin from the first moment of her existence was, by a special privilege of God, preserved from original sin. The doctrine of the Immaculate Conception of our Lady was defined as an article of faith by Pope Plus IX in 1854. We keep the festival on the 8th December, the day of our Lady’s Conception. The dogma was defined on this day.

  33. How is the Blessed Virgin Mother of God?
    The Blessed Virgin is Mother of God because Jesus Christ her Son, who was born of her as man, is not only man, but is also truly God.

  34. Is the Blessed Virgin our Mother also?
    The Blessed Virgin is our Mother also because, being the brethren of Jesus, we are the children of Mary.

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