Baltimore Catechism No. 1 (of 4) eBook

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102.  Q. Which are the chief effects of the Redemption?  A. The chief effects of the Redemption are two:  The satisfaction of God’s justice by Christ’s sufferings and death, and the gaining of grace for men.

103.  Q. What do you mean by grace?  A. By grace I mean a supernatural gift of God bestowed on us, through the merits of Jesus Christ, for our salvation.

104.  Q. How many kinds of grace are there?  A. There are two kinds of grace, sanctifying grace and actual grace.

105.  Q. What is sanctifying grace?  A. Sanctifying grace is that grace which makes the soul holy and pleasing to God.

110.  Q. What is actual grace?  A. Actual grace is that help of God which enlightens our mind and moves our will to shun evil and do good.

{T.N.:  The above question is out of numerical order in the printed source of Baltimore Catechism No. 1.}

107.  Q. What is Faith?  A. Faith is a Divine virtue by which we firmly believe the truths which God has revealed.

108.  Q. What is Hope?  A. Hope is a Divine virtue by which we firmly trust that God will give us eternal life and the means to obtain it.

109.  Q. What is Charity?  A. Charity is a Divine virtue by which we love God above all things for His own sake, and our neighbor as ourselves for the love of God.

LESSON TENTH ON THE CHURCH

114.  Q. Which are the means instituted by our Lord to enable men at all times to share in the fruits of the Redemption?  A. The means instituted by our Lord to enable men at all times to share in the fruits of His Redemption are the Church and the Sacraments.

115.  Q. What is the Church?  A. The Church is the congregation of all those who profess the faith of Christ, partake of the same Sacraments, and are governed by their lawful pastors under one visible Head.

116.  Q. Who is the invisible Head of the Church?  A. Jesus Christ is the invisible Head of the Church.

117.  Q. Who is the visible Head of the Church?  A. Our Holy Father the Pope, the Bishop of Rome, is the Vicar of Christ on earth, and the visible Head of the Church.

128.  Q. Has the Church any marks by which it may be known?  A. The Church has four marks by which it may be known:  it is One; it is Holy; it is Catholic; it is Apostolic.

133.  Q. In which Church are these marks found?  A. These marks are found in the Holy Roman Catholic Church alone.

LESSON ELEVENTH ON THE SACRAMENTS IN GENERAL

136.  Q. What is a Sacrament?  A. A Sacrament is an outward sign instituted by Christ to give grace.

137.  Q. How many Sacraments are there?  A. There are seven Sacraments:  Baptism, Confirmation, Holy Eucharist, Penance, Extreme Unction, Holy Orders, and Matrimony.

138.  Q. Whence have the Sacraments the power of giving grace?  A. The Sacraments have the power of giving grace from the merits of Jesus Christ.

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