What you need to know to be Catholic
- Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
- Blessed are the meek: for they shall possess the land.
- Blessed are they who mourn: for they shall be comforted.
- Blessed are they that hunger and thirst after justice: for they shall have their fill.
- Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.
- Blessed are the clean of heart: for they shall see God.
- Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.
- Blessed are they that suffer persecution for justice’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
THE TEN COMMANDMENTS
- I, the Lord, am your God. You shall not have other gods besides me.
- You shall not take the name of the Lord God in vain
- Remember to keep holy the Lord’s Day
- Honor your father and your mother
- You shall not kill
- You shall not commit adultery
- You shall not steal
- You shall not bear false witness
- You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife
- You shall not covet your neighbor’s goods
The Two Great Commandments of Jesus.
- You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.
- You shall love your neighbor as yourself.
The Five Precepts of the Church
- You shall attend Mass on Sundays and on holy days of obligation and rest from servile labor
- You shall confess your sins at least once a year
- You shall receive the sacrament of the Eucharist at least during the Easter season
- You shall observe the days of fasting and abstinence established by the Church
- You shall help to provide for the needs of the Church
.The Four Marks of the True Church
The Church must be:
- One (Romans 12:5)
- Holy (Ephesians 5:25-27)
- Catholic (Matthew 28:19-20)
- Apostolic (Ephesians 2:19-20)
.The Seven Sacraments
- Holy Communion
- Holy Orders
- Anointing of the Sick
The Seven Deadly Sins
- Pride: Unrestrained appreciation of our own worth.
- Greed: Immoderate desire for earthly goods.
- Lust: Hankering for impure pleasures.
- Anger: Inordinate desire for revenge.
- Gluttony: Unrestrained use of food and drink.
- Envy: Sorrow over another’s good fortune.
- Sloth: Laxity in keeping the Faith and the practice of virtue, due to the effort involved.
.The Seven Capital Virtues to Overcome the 7 Deadly Sins
- Humility (overcomes pride)
- Generosity (Overcomes greed)
- Chastity (Overcomes Lust)
- Meekness (Overcomes Anger)
- Temperance (Overcomes Gluttony)
- Brotherly Love (Overcomes Envy)
- Diligence (Overcomes Sloth)
The Three Theological Virtues
The Four Cardinal Virtues .
The Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit
- Fear of the Lord
The Twelve Fruits of the Holy Spirit
- Long Suffering
The Seven Spiritual Works of Mercy
- To admonish the sinner: “…there will be more joy in Heaven at the repentance of one sinner than at ninety-nine of the righteous who had no need of repentance.” Lk. 15:7
- To instruct the ignorant: “Go into the whole world and proclaim the good news to all creation.” Mk. 16:1
- To counsel the doubtful: “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give to you…Let not your hearts be troubled…” Jn. 14:27
- To comfort the sorrowful: “Come to me, all you grown weary and burdened, and I will refresh you.” Mt. 11:28
- To bear wrongs patiently: “…Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you.” Lk. 6:27-28
- To forgive all injuries: “And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.” Mt. 6:12
- To pray for the living and the dead: “Father, I desire that they, too, may be with me where I am…” Jn. 17:24
The Seven Corporal Works of Mercy.
- To feed the hungry: “For I was hungry and you gave me to eat.” Mt. 25:35
- To give drink to the thirsty: “…I was thirsty and you gave me to drink…” Mt. 25:35
- To clothe the naked: “I was…naked and you clothed me…” Mt. 25:36
- To visit the imprisoned: “I was in prison and you came to me.” Mt. 25:36
- To shelter the homeless: “…I was a stranger and you took me in…” Mt. 25:35
- To visit the sick: “…I was sick and you cared for me…” Mt. 25:36
- To bury the dead: “Amen, I say to you, insofar as you did it for one of these least of my brothers, you did it for me.” Mt. 25:40
THE FOUR SINS CRYING TO HEAVEN FOR VENGEANCE
- Willful murder (including abortion) : And the Lord said, “What have you done? The voice of your brother’s blood is crying to me from the ground.” (Genesis 4:10).
- The sin of Sodom: Then the Lord said, “Because the outcry against Sodom and Gomorrah is great and their sin is very grave, I will go down to see whether they have done altogether according to the outcry which has come to me.” (Genesis 18:20-21).
- Oppression of the poor: “You shall not afflict any widow or orphan. If you do afflict them, and they cry out to me, I will surely hear their cry.” (Exodus 21-23)
- Defrauding laborers of their wages: “You shall not oppress a hired servant who is poor and needy, whether he is one of your brethren or one of the sojourners who are in your land within your towns; you shall give him his hire on the day he earns it, before the sun goes down (for he is poor, and sets his heart upon it); lest he cry against you to the Lord, and it be a sin in you.” (Deuteronomy 24:14-15).
THE SIX SINS AGAINST THE HOLY SPIRIT
- Presumption of God’s mercy.
- Impugning the known truth.
- Envy at another’s spiritual good.
- Obstinacy in sin.
- Final impenitence
NINE WAYS OF BEING ACCESSORY TO ANOTHER’S SIN
- By counsel.
- By command.
- By consent.
- By provocation.
- By praise or flattery.
- By concealment.
- By partaking.
- By silence.
- By defense of the ill done