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I. Just What Is Communism? "What's wrong with Communism anyway?" — "If one would leave out the atheism and some of the Soviet ideas on women, Communism wouldn't be a bad thing, would it?" These questions are being asked by thousands today and every intelligent man and woman demands a reply...
Dear Children, 1. In the midst of human vicissitudes and the havoc of shock to the feeling, you voice your fears to your Father and ask for a rule of conduct. I’m going to show you and try to instill into your souls the consolation you need. 2. Jesus Christ, the Model of Christians, teaches us...
A Personal Note This pamphlet is written op the basis of my own personal experience. For twenty years, from the time I was seventeen, I was a member of the Communist Party, holding positions at all levels of the organization. I held responsible positions in a large number of its 'satellite'...
The first and most important point to be noted in regard to the Catholic dogma of the worship of the Saints is that both dulia, i. e. the worship we render to the Saints in general, and hyper-dulia, i. e. that specific worship which we give to the Blessed Virgin in particular, differ formally...
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Introduction At first sight of this little book, that bears the high-sounding title of “The Golden Key of Paradise,” perhaps, dear reader, you will be somewhat curious to know whether its contents are as good as its title. Perhaps you are inclined to shrug your shoulders and feel as you do when...
Rev. John A. Hardon, S.J.
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The single most important element in training children is to form their consciences. How can this be done effectively? To form a child's conscience is an art. This subject is immense. We will touch on four areas: The meaning of art, The meaning of conscience, The forming of the conscience of a...
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Lord, are they few that are saved? But he said to them: Strive to enter by the narrow gate; for many, I say to you, shall seek to enter, and shall not be able. — Luke 13:23-24 For many are called, but few chosen. — Mark 20:16 Behold how many there are who are called, and how few who are...
“I am come to cast fire on the earth: and what will I, but that it be kindled?” — Luke 12:49 To show what charity should normally be in the illuminative way of proficients, we shall discuss the zeal which every Christian, especially the priest and religious, should have for the glory of God and...
Is baptism necessary for our salvation? It is doubtless the most necessary of all the sacraments, because without it we are incapable of receiving any other sacrament, and because it is ordained by Jesus Christ as the only means of receiving the first grace of justification, by which alone we...
There are two ways in which a Sacrament may be necessary for salvation. It may be necessary as a means, or it may be necessary as the fulfilment of a precept only. Now, in saying that baptism is necessary for salvation, we mean that it is necessary as a means of salvation; so that, without it...
The term “Communion of Saints” seems to have been first inserted in the baptismal creeds in the South of Gaul; and it is to be understood as the South Gallic writers of the fifth and sixth centuries understood it; giving the word “Saints” the normal meaning which it still holds today: the Elect...
The Catholic community a people apart, and ought to be closely drawn together — Catholics should help one another, should promote the Kingdom of God by combination and organisation, for missionary and public purposes — Catholic Associations. As you will remember, the grand lesson taught by St...
261. What aids have we for the more ready observance of the moral order? The passions. 262. But are not the passions evil? Are they not always spoken of as incentives to wrong-doing, in fact, as bad passions but never as good passions ? These questions show that there is a great...
“The World” is the sum and mass of evil tradition and practice - The first characteristic of “The World” is Indifference to God and the soul, and the being contented with the present life - The second is, Pride and independence - The third is Sensuality, and recklessness in exposing ourselves to...
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A few months before I was born, my dad met a stranger who was new to our small Tennessee town. From the beginning, Dad was fascinated with this enchanting newcomer, and soon invited him to live with our family. The stranger was quickly accepted and was around to welcome me into the world a few...
Did you not know that I must be about the things that are my Father’s? (Luke 2 : 49) A boy of twelve years, full of heavenly wisdom and knowledge, in the midst of the doctors of the Temple, asking and answering questions and astonishing all who listen to him — what a strange and wonderful...
Has Jesus Christ left us a rule by which we may know the truths He has revealed? He has, and it is only by following this rule that we are preserved in that one true faith, of which the Scripture says, there is “one Lord, one faith, one baptism,” (Ephesians 4:5), and “without which faith it is...
Question: Mr. B., a firm believer in modern methods of public sanitation, has made provision in his will that after his death his body shall be cremated. May he receive the last Sacraments and Christian burial, and why is the Church so opposed to cremation? Answer: All civilized nations, both...
A Strange Doctrine A very large class of people calling themselves Christians in the North of Europe, and indeed in the South of Europe — but there is no use of mentioning countries and names — believe that the soul is predestined to be lost or saved independently of its own liberty. It is a...
Mary the most perfect image of the most perfect conformity with and resignation to the will of God. Preached on the feast of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Quinimmo, beati qui audiunt verbum Dei, et custodiunt illud. Luke xi. 28. "Yea rather, blessed are they who hear the word...
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