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God And The Seventh Commandment
We are all God's children, so He wants us to live together on earth like brothers and sisters. In the Seventh Commandment God says : Thou shalt not steal. By this God tells us to respect the rights of others. We must be honest and just in all our dealings with our fellow men.
God And The Eighth Commandment
God gave us a mind to know the truth and the power of speech to express our thoughts. When we use our mind and our faculty of speech properly we tell the truth. God is truth; all truth comes from Him. In the Eighth Commandment God teaches us to love the truth and He warns us against falsehood. God wants us to speak well about others, because we are all His children.
God And The Tenth Commandment
This life is a preparation for eternal life. God wants us to use the things of this world to help us get to heaven. Riches and earthly pleasures do not make people really happy: We are happy when we love and serve God in this world, for then we are filled with the hope of everlasting life with God.
God And Sin
Sin is disobedience to God. Any thought, word, or deed contrary to God's law is sin. Those who commit mortal sin turn away from God ; they lose God's grace. Those who die in mortal sin go to hell, where they will be separated from God forever.
God And Original Sin
But Adam and Eve disobeyed God and lost their innocence and holiness. Because of their sin they became subject to many miseries of soul and body. This sin has come down to all the children of Adam and Eve, even to us. It is therefore called original sin.
God And The Redemption
God promised a Redeemer to Adam and Eve after they had fallen into sin. He promised to send His own divine Son to redeem the world from the power of the devil. The prophets foretold that our Saviour would be born of the Blessed Virgin Mary in the town of Bethlehem. God sent the Angel Gabriel to tell the Blessed Virgin that she was to be the mother of our divine Redeemer.
The Blessed Virgin Mary
The Blessed Virgin is our Lord's own true mother. She is very dear to Him, and so she can help us when she prays for us. Our Lord lived with His blessed mother and St. Joseph in Nazareth for thirty years. Now they are united in heaven. We honor the Blessed Virgin Mary because she is God's mother.
The Crucifixion
When, our Lord was thirty years old, He went forth to preach the Gospel. For three years He went about doing good and teaching the people to love God. But He was falsely accused and condemned to death. He was crucified on Mount Calvary between two thieves. Thus, He died to save us from hell and to redeem us from the power of the devil.
Death - Purgatory
We shall all die some day. When we die, our soul will be separated from our body. Though our body will turn to dust, our soul will still live. It will live forever. To go to heaven our soul must be free from every stain of sin. Even venial sin will keep people from heaven. In purgatory souls are cleansed from venial sin and they satisfy for other sins that have been forgiven. Purgatory is a proof of God's mercy and love for us.
The Resurrection
After our Lord's death His soul went to limbo. At the same time His body lay sealed in a tomb guarded by a band of Roman soldiers. On the morning of the third day the stone suddenly rolled back from the mouth of the sepulcher and Christ came forth alive. For forty days He remained on earth after His resurrection, appearing to many, talking often with His Apostles.
Christ Founded The Catholic Church
Forty days after our Lord rose from the dead, He ascended into heaven. Ten days later He sent the Holy Ghost upon the Apostles. Christ founded the Catholic Church to teach all the nations of the world. The Holy Ghost will stay with the Catholic Church until the end of the world to guard it in the truth and to help it teach the people to love and serve God.
The Catholic Church
Christ made the Apostles the first priests and bishops of His Church. He Himself taught them the Gospels and the Christian life. He gave them His own divine power so that they could bring His grace to the people. Christ Himself is the head of the Catholic Church.
Divine Grace
God is the author of life ; all life comes from Him. By our natural life we can live for this world alone. But God gives a new life to our soul by which we can gain heaven. It is the life of divine grace. By grace we can love God and thus save our soul. Grace makes our soul holy and beautiful and pure so that God can love us.
The Sacrament Of Baptism
Baptism is the Sacrament which takes away original sin from our soul. In adults Baptism also takes away any sins they may have committed. We cannot receive any other Sacrament until we have been baptized. In Baptism we are said to be born again because thereby we receive the life of grace.
The Sacrament Of Confirmation
Confirmation is the Sacrament in which we receive the Holy Ghost. In the Sacrament of Confirmation the Holy Ghost brings us many gifts. By this holy Sacrament we become strong and courageous Christians. The bishop gives Confirmation. When he gives this Sacrament he anoints the forehead with holy chrism and prays that the Holy Ghost may come unto our soul.
The Holy Eucharist
The Holy Eucharist is the Sacrament of God's love. In this holy Sacrament Christ gives us His own body and blood to be the nurture of our soul. It is the Sacrament which feeds and nourishes the life of divine grace in our soul. Christ instituted the Holy Eucharist at the Last Supper when He changed bread and wine into His own body and blood.
Sacrifice Of The Mass
The Mass is the same sacrifice as the Sacrifice of the Cross. On the cross Christ offered Himself in the form of a man; in the Mass He offers Himself in the form of bread and wine. The act of consecration is the essence of the Mass. At the Consecration of the Mass the priest changes bread and wine into Christ's body and blood.
The Real Presence
Our Lord is present in the Holy Eucharist both as God and as man. There His Godhead, His soul, and His body are present. He lives in the Blessed Sacrament out of love for us. Hence God the Son, the second person of the Blessed Trinity, really and truly dwells upon our altars under the form of bread.
Holy Communion
We receive the Holy Eucharist when we go to Holy Communion. When we receive Holy Communion, our Lord really and truly enters into our soul and body. Our Lord domes to us in Holy Communion under the form of bread. When we receive the Holy Eucharist, we receive more of God's grace. Our soul must be free from sin when we receive the Holy Eucharist. We prepare our soul for Holy Communion by prayer.
Sacrament Of Penance
The Sacrament of Penance takes away our sins. Our Lord gave us the Sacrament of Penance. Mortal sin takes away God's grace from the soul. The Sacrament of Penance restores God's grace to the soul. The priest forgives our sins in the Sacrament of Penance by the power of Christ. We tell all our sins to the priest in Confession.
Sacrament Of Extreme Unction, Holy Orders, And Matrimony
Our Lord gave us the Sacrament of Extreme Unction to prepare us for death. It is intended for those alone who are in danger of death from sickness or injury. The Sacrament of Extreme Unction gives us grace to meet death with courage and strength.
God And Judgement
Each one of us will be judged immediately after death. This judgment is called the Particular Judgment. Those who are free from mortal sin, at death, will be saved. They will go either to purgatory or to heaven. Those who die in mortal sin will be condemned to hell. At the end of the world God will raise up our bodies from the dead. Then all the people will be gathered together to be judged by Christ. This judgment is called General Judgment.
Norseman And Skraeling
IN the year of our Lord 982 Eric the Red, outlawed from Iceland, discovered Greenland, which shortly afterward was colonized by Icelanders. Eric's son, Leif the Lucky, the first Christian of the New World, voyaging from Norway to Greenland, came upon a region to the south of Greenland where self-sown corn and wild vines grew, and which, accordingly, he named Vinland.
Eskimo Mythology - The Eskimo's World
There is probably no people on the globe more isolated in their character and their life than are the Eskimo. Their natural home is to the greater part of mankind one of the least inviting regions of the earth, and they have held it for centuries with little rivalry from other races.
Eskimo Mythology - The World Powers
For the Eskimo, as for all savage people, the world is up-held by invisible powers. Everything in nature has its Inua, its owner or indweller; stones and animals have their Inue, the air has an Inua, there is even an Inua of the strength or the appetite; the dead man is the Inua of his grave, the soul is the Inua of the lifeless body.
Eskimo Mythology - The World's Regions
As the Eskimo's Inland is peopled with monstrous tribes, so is his Sea-Front populous with strange beings. There are the Inue of the sea a kind of mermen; there are the mirage-like Kayak-men who raise storms and foul weather; there are the phantom women's boats, the Umiarissat, whose crews, some say, are seals transformed into rowers.
Eskimo Mythology - Life And Death
Birth and death, in Eskimo conception, are less a beginning and an end than episodes of life. Bodies are only instruments of souls the souls which are their owners; and what respect is shown for the bodies of the dead is based upon a very definite awe of the potencies of their Inue, which have been augmented rather than diminished by the last liberation.
Two Per Cent Of Genius - Ninety Eight Of Hard Work
MR. EDISON was once asked to give a definition of genius, and answered, - Two per cent is genius and ninety-eight per cent is hard work. When some one remarked to him that genius was inspiration; he said, - The inspiration of genius is perspiration.
China Makes Expiation For The Death Of Baron Von Ketteler
MISSION of expiation was sent by the Emperor of China to the Emperor of Germany during the summer of 1901, to make atonement for the murder of Baron Von Ketteler, in Pekin, during the Boxer uprising.
Franklin's Swimming School
But God had other work for him to do ; for in later years he was to teach the people of your continent how, by Frugality and Labor and Patience and Courage, any man might buffet the waves of misfortune, and swim straight on to prosperity and success. And that was the swimming school which he was to establish.
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