Baltimore Catechism No. 1 (of 4) eBook

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3.  Q. What is man?  A. Man is a creature composed of body and soul, and made to the image and likeness of God.

6.  Q. Why did God make you?  A. God made me to know Him, to love Him, and to serve Him in this world, and to be happy with Him forever in the next.

9.  Q. What must we do to save our souls?  A. To save our souls, we must worship God by faith, hope, and charity; that is, we must believe in Him, hope in Him, and love Him with all our heart.

10.  Q. How shall we know the things which we are to believe?  A. We shall know the things which we are to believe from the Catholic Church, through which God speaks to us.

11.  Q. Where shall we find the chief truths which the Church teaches?  A. We shall find the chief truths which the Church teaches in the Apostles’ Creed.

12.  Q. Say the Apostles’ Creed.  A. I believe in God, the Father Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth; and in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord; who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified; died, and was buried.  He descended into hell:  the third day He arose again from the dead:  He ascended into heaven, and sitteth at the right hand of God, the Father Almighty; from thence He shall come to judge the living and the dead.  I believe in the Holy Ghost, the Holy Catholic Church, the communion of Saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting.  Amen.

LESSON SECOND ON GOD AND HIS PERFECTIONS

13.  Q. What is God?  A. God is a spirit infinitely perfect.

14.  Q. Had God a beginning?  A. God had no beginning; He always was and He always will be.

15.  Q. Where is God?  A. God is everywhere.

16.  Q. If God is everywhere, why do we not see Him?  A. We do not see God, because He is a pure spirit and cannot be seen with bodily eyes.

17.  Q. Does God see us?  A. God sees us and watches over us.

18.  Q. Does God know all things?  A. God knows all things, even our most secret thoughts, words, and actions.

19.  Q. Can God do all things?  A. God can do all things, and nothing is hard or impossible to Him.

20.  Q. Is God just, holy, and merciful?  A. God is all just, all holy, all merciful, as He is infinitely perfect.

LESSON THIRD ON THE UNITY AND TRINITY OF GOD

21.  Q. Is there but one God?  A. Yes; there is but one God.

22.  Q. Why can there be but one God?  A. There can be but one God, because God, being supreme and infinite, cannot have an equal.

23.  Q. How many Persons are there in God?  A. In God there are three Divine Persons, really distinct, and equal in all things—­the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost.

24.  Q. Is the Father God?  A. The Father is God and the first Person of the Blessed Trinity.

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