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I was born into the Catholic faith. At 14, I was "born again" and found Jesus personally but lost His Church. After thirty years as an evangelical protestant, I have come full circle to find that He has been there all the time, in the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church. I wish others to find the beauty and truth of the Catholic faith as I have found.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

A Little Tid-Bit From The Catechism of the Council of Trent

Not only did the Council of Trent in the mid 16th century seek to reform the Church as well as re-state Catholic doctrine, they also produced a pretty fine catechism(teaching) for use by parish priests to educate the faithful under their watch. The great thing is that the contents of this catechism are as valid today as they were 500 years ago with no "re-invention" of doctrine in light of "modern enlightenment." This is a concrete example of the deposit of faith being handed down from one generation to the next and being protected and preserved by the charism of the Holy Spirit on the Church.

"The first thing is ever to recollect that all Christian knowledge is reduced to one single head, or rather, to use the words of the Apostle, this is eternal life: That they may know thee, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent. A teacher in the Church should, therefore, use his best endeavours that the faithful earnestly desire to know Jesus Christ, and him crucified, that they be firmly convinced, and with the most heartfelt piety and devotion believe, that there is no other name under heaven given to men, whereby we must be saved, for he is the propitiation for our sins."
(cf. the intro to the Catechism of the Council of Trent)

Here's the Link to the Catechism of Trent

2 Comments:

Blogger Joyful Catholics said...

But then it became corrupted and lost its purity and power...so says the "doctrines" of one Ellen White. Please pray for my friend, Teresa, baptized Catholic and raised Catholic, but no doubt saw it lived out poorly in those important years. I am back in some sort of occasional contact with her, and borrowed one of her little 'SDA' paperbacks when there last week. It's so very sad. She's bought this maligning commentary by a woman who evidently was needed to finally "get it right and pure" again, some 1844 years after the inception of the Church Jesus built on Peter. Evidently the Holy Spirit couldn't keep the Church pure, so Jesus and God the Father and the Holy Spirit had to rely on this woman for help.Teresa's bought this stuff 'hook,line/sinker' and I wonder...Why? Why SDA over any other Protestant faith? If any one of your readers is more familiar with SDA, I'd really appreciate some help in my correspondence with my friend. She's so dear and kind, yet so misinformed about the CC.

October 12, 2009 10:37 AM  
Blogger ElderChild said...

"Pure And Undefiled Religion"

"Pure religion and undefiled before G-D The Father is this, to visit the fatherless (those children who know not their Father, HE WHO is The Only True G-D, Father{Creator} of ALL) and widows(those who have not "experienced The Messiah and The Power{Our Father} that raised Him from among the dead") in their affliction and to keep oneself uncontaminated by the world......." (James 1:27)

Simply, all other religion is impure and defiled.......

And notice that "pure and undefiled" religion is "oneself(individual)", a Brother or Sister doing The Will of Our Father, led of The Holy, Set Apart, Spirit.......

Simply, corporate "religion" is pagan and of this wicked world.......

And "Brothers and Sisters" is not "religion", for what are Brothers and Sisters if not Family?

Would not The Family of The Only True G-D, Father(Creator) of ALL, "The Body of The Messiah", be much closer than a natural, fleshly family?

And so it is that most of those who have chosen to follow The Messiah on The Narrow Way have had to "forsake their natural father, mother, brothers, sisters" and all others who will not follow The Messiah, because they "love this wicked world and their own life in and of it".......

The Brethren of The Messiah have "forsaken all for The Kingdom of Heaven's sake".......

Father Help! and HE does.......

What is declared to be "religion" today is truly the devil's playground.......

Simply, Faith will not create a system of religion.......

Hope is there would be those who take heed unto The Call of The Only True G-D to "Come Out of her, MY people"!

For they will "Come Out" of this wicked world(babylon) and it's systems of religion, and enter into "the glorious Liberty of The Children of The Only True G-D".

And so it is that they will no longer be of those who are destroying the earth(land, air, water, vegetation, creatures)" and perverting that which is Spirit(Light, Truth, Life, Love, Peace, Hope, Faith, Mercy, Grace, Miracles, etc.).......

Peace, in spite of the dis-ease(no-peace) that is of this world and it's systems of religion, for "the WHOLE(not just a portion) world is under the control of the evil one" (1John5:19) indeed and Truth.......

Truth is never ending.......

October 12, 2009 7:06 PM  

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