DEE107's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=DEE107 DEE107's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ Catechism in a Year http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6484197 131. What is the saving meaning of the Resurrection? <BR> <BR> The Resurrection is the climax of the Incarnation. It confirms the divinity of Christ and all the things which he did and taught. It fulfills all the divine promises made for us. Furthermore the risen Christ, the conqueror of sin and death, is the principle of our justification and our Resurrection. It procures for us now the grace of filial adoption which is a real share in the life of the only begotten Son. At the end of time h... Fri, 20 Apr 2018 00:39:14 EST Catechism in a Year http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6483855 128. Why is the Resurrection at the same time a transcendent occurrence? <BR> <BR> While being an historical event, verifiable and attested by signs and testimonies, the Resurrection, insofar as it is the entrance of Christ's humanity into the glory of God, transcends and surpasses history as a mystery of faith. For this reason the risen Christ did not manifest himself to the world but to his disciples, making them his witnesses to the people. <BR> <BR> Further reading: CCC 647, 656-657 <BR... Thu, 19 Apr 2018 00:51:43 EST Catechism in a Year http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6483530 126. What place does the Resurrection of Christ occupy in our faith? <BR> <BR> The Resurrection of Jesus is the crowning truth of our faith in Christ and represents along with his cross an essential part of the Paschal Mystery. <BR> <BR> Further reading: CCC 631, 638 <BR> <BR> <BR> 127. What are the signs that bear witness to the Resurrection of Jesus? <BR> <BR> Along with the essential sign of the empty tomb, the Resurrection of Jesus is witnessed to by the women who first encountered C... Wed, 18 Apr 2018 00:16:02 EST Catechism in a Year http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6483198 124. In what condition was the body of Christ while it lay in the tomb? <BR> <BR> Christ underwent a real death and a true burial. However, the power of God preserved his body from corruption. <BR> "Jesus Christ descended into hell; <BR> on the third day He rose again from the dead." <BR> <BR> Further reading: CCC 624-630 <BR> <BR> 125. What is the "hell" into which Jesus descended? <BR> <BR> This "hell" was different from the hell of the damned. It was the state of all those, righteous ... Tue, 17 Apr 2018 00:35:09 EST Catechism in a Year http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6482848 121. What happened in the Agony in the Garden of Gethsemane? <BR> <BR> Despite the horror which death represented for the sacred humanity of Jesus "who is the Author of Life" (Acts 3:15), the human will of the Son of God remained faithful to the will of the Father for our salvation. Jesus accepted the duty to carry our sins in his Body "becoming obedient unto death" (Philippians 2:8). <BR> <BR> Further reading: CCC 612 <BR> <BR> <BR> 122. What are the results of the sacrifice of Christ on... Mon, 16 Apr 2018 00:28:55 EST Catechism in a Year http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6482801 119. In what way did Christ offer himself to the Father? <BR> <BR> The entire life of Christ was a free offering to the Father to carry out his plan of salvation. He gave "his life as a ransom for many" (Mark 10:45) and in this way he reconciled all of humanity with God. His suffering and death showed how his humanity was the free and perfect instrument of that divine love which desires the salvation of all people. <BR> <BR> Further reading: CCC 606-609, 620 <BR> <BR> <BR> 120. How is Jes... Sun, 15 Apr 2018 21:02:32 EST Catechism in a Year http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6482190 117. Who is responsible for the death of Jesus? <BR> <BR> The passion and death of Jesus cannot be imputed indiscriminately either to all the Jews that were living at that time or to their descendants. Every single sinner, that is, every human being is really the cause and the instrument of the sufferings of the Redeemer; and the greater blame in this respect falls on those above all who are Christians and who the more often fall into sin or delight in their vices. <BR> <BR> Further reading... Sat, 14 Apr 2018 00:40:07 EST Catechism in a Year http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6481898 115. What was the attitude of Jesus toward the temple in Jerusalem? <BR> <BR> Jesus was accused of hostility to the temple. On the contrary, he venerated it as "the house of his Father" (John 2:16); and it was there that he imparted an important part of his teaching. However, he also foretold its destruction in connection with his own death and he presented himself as the definitive dwelling place of God among men. <BR> <BR> Further reading: CCC 583-586, 593 <BR> <BR> <BR> 116. Did Jesus ... Fri, 13 Apr 2018 00:22:42 EST Catechism in a Year http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6481581 112. What is the importance of the Paschal Mystery of Jesus? <BR> <BR> The Paschal Mystery of Jesus, which comprises his passion, death, resurrection, and glorification, stands at the center of the Christian faith because God's saving plan was accomplished once for all by the redemptive death of his Son Jesus Christ. <BR> <BR> Further reading: CCC 571-573 <BR> <BR> <BR> 113. What were the accusations by which Jesus was condemned to death? <BR> <BR> Some of the leaders of Israel accused J... Thu, 12 Apr 2018 00:41:08 EST A Easter season wish and quote http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6481232 <BR> We hope you're having a great Easter Season! <BR> <BR> One thing we love about Easter is that we celebrate it for so long... It's not over yet! <BR> <BR> To continue our celebration, Annie and I created an Easter card as a gift for you. We hope it brings you joy! It brings us joy to be able to pray with you. <BR> We're praying for you! <BR> <BR> God bless you! <BR> John-Paul & Annie - PrayMoreNovenas.com <BR> “Christ is alive.” This is the great truth which fills our faith w... Wed, 11 Apr 2018 00:34:08 EST Catechism in a Year http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6480879 110. What is the meaning of the Transfiguration? <BR> <BR> Above all the Transfiguration shows forth the Trinity: "the Father in the voice, the Son in the man Jesus, the Spirit in the shining cloud" (Saint Thomas Aquinas). Speaking with Moses and Elijah about his "departure" (Luke 9:31), Jesus reveals that his glory comes by way of the cross and he anticipates his resurrection and his glorious coming "which will change our lowly body to be like his glorious body" (Philippians 3:21). <BR> <B... Tue, 10 Apr 2018 00:47:26 EST Catechism in a Year http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6480500 108. Why did Jesus manifest the Kingdom by means of signs and miracles? <BR> <BR> Jesus accompanied his words with signs and miracles to bear witness to the fact that the Kingdom is present in him, the Messiah. Although he healed some people, he did not come to abolish all evils here below but rather to free us especially from the slavery of sin. The driving out of demons proclaimed that his cross would be victorious over "the ruler of this world" (John 12:31). <BR> <BR> Further reading: CC... Mon, 9 Apr 2018 00:30:09 EST Day 9 - The Divine Mercy Novena http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6480461 Here are the prayers for today: <BR> <BR> Day 9 - The Divine Mercy Novena <BR> (Audio/Video Version) <BR> <BR> In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. <BR> <BR> "Today bring to Me SOULS WHO HAVE BECOME LUKEWARM, and immerse them in the abyss of My mercy. These souls wound My Heart most painfully. My soul suffered the most dreadful loathing in the Garden of Olives because of lukewarm souls. They were the reason I cried out: 'Father, take this cup away from ... Sun, 8 Apr 2018 22:02:20 EST Day 8 - The Divine Mercy Novena http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6479856 In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. <BR> <BR> "Today bring to Me THE SOULS WHO ARE DETAINED IN PURGATORY, and immerse them in the abyss of My mercy. Let the torrents of My Blood cool down their scorching flames. All these souls are greatly loved by Me. They are making retribution to My justice. It is in your power to bring them relief. Draw all the indulgences from the treasury of My Church and offer them on their behalf. Oh, if you only knew the torments... Sat, 7 Apr 2018 00:51:26 EST Day 7 - The Divine Mercy Novena http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6479529 In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. <BR> <BR> "Today bring to Me THE SOULS WHO ESPECIALLY VENERATE AND GLORIFY MY MERCY, and immerse them in My mercy. These souls sorrowed most over my Passion and entered most deeply into My spirit. They are living images of My Compassionate Heart. These souls will shine with a special brightness in the next life. Not one of them will go into the fire of hell. I shall particularly defend each one of them at the hour of de... Fri, 6 Apr 2018 00:23:16 EST Day 6 - The Divine Mercy Novena http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6479219 In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. <BR> <BR> "Today bring to Me THE MEEK AND HUMBLE SOULS AND THE SOULS OF LITTLE CHILDREN, and immerse them in My mercy. These souls most closely resemble My Heart. They strengthened Me during My bitter agony. I saw them as earthly Angels, who will keep vigil at My altars. I pour out upon them whole torrents of grace. Only the humble soul is capable of receiving My grace. I favor humble souls with My confidence." <BR> <... Thu, 5 Apr 2018 00:28:30 EST Day 5 - The Divine Mercy Novena http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6478807 In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. <BR> <BR> "Today bring to Me THE SOULS OF THOSE WHO HAVE SEPARATED THEMSELVES FROM MY CHURCH, and immerse them in the ocean of My mercy. During My bitter Passion they tore at My Body and Heart, that is, My Church. As they return to unity with the Church, My wounds heal and in this way they alleviate My Passion." <BR> <BR> Most Merciful Jesus, Goodness Itself, You do not refuse light to those who seek it of You. Receiv... Wed, 4 Apr 2018 00:22:02 EST Day 4 - The Divine Mercy Novena http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6478442 In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. <BR> <BR> "Today bring to Me THOSE WHO DO NOT BELIEVE IN GOD AND THOSE WHO DO NOT YET KNOW ME. I was thinking also of them during My bitter Passion, and their future zeal comforted My Heart. Immerse them in the ocean of My mercy." <BR> <BR> Most compassionate Jesus, You are the Light of the whole world. Receive into the abode of Your Most Compassionate Heart the souls of those who do not believe in God and of those wh... Tue, 3 Apr 2018 00:28:27 EST Day 3 - The Divine Mercy Novena http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6478100 n the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. <BR> <BR> "Today bring to Me ALL DEVOUT AND FAITHFUL SOULS, and immerse them in the ocean of My mercy. The souls brought Me consolation on the Way of the Cross. They were that drop of consolation in the midst of an ocean of bitterness." <BR> <BR> Most Merciful Jesus, from the treasury of Your mercy, You impart Your graces in great abundance to each and all. Receive us into the abode of Your Most Compassionate Heart and... Mon, 2 Apr 2018 00:23:01 EST Day 2 - The Divine Mercy Novena http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6477942 <BR> In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. <BR> <BR> "Today bring to Me THE SOULS OF PRIESTS AND RELIGIOUS, and immerse them in My unfathomable mercy. It was they who gave Me strength to endure My bitter Passion. Through them as through channels My mercy flows out upon mankind." <BR> <BR> Most Merciful Jesus, from whom comes all that is good, increase Your grace in men and women consecrated to Your service, that they may perform worthy works of mercy; an... Sun, 1 Apr 2018 12:41:47 EST Day 1 - The Divine Mercy Novena http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6477509 These novena prayers are from St. Maria Faustina's diary where she wrote about her encounters with Jesus. <BR> <BR> He specifically asked her to create a novena of Chaplets to be said leading up to Divine Mercy Sunday, beginning on Good Friday. <BR> <BR> She wrote that Jesus said to her, "By this novena, I will grant every possible grace to souls." <BR> <BR> Jesus gave St. Faustina an intention for each day of the novena. Each intention is that we would pray for a different group of s... Sat, 31 Mar 2018 00:37:06 EST Catechism in a Year http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6477199 06. What did we learn from the temptations of Jesus in the desert? <BR> <BR> The temptations of Jesus in the desert recapitulate the temptation of Adam in Paradise and the temptations of Israel in the desert. Satan tempts Jesus in regard to his obedience to the mission given him by the Father. Christ, the new Adam, resists and his victory proclaims that of his passion which is the supreme obedience of his filial love. The Church unites herself to this mystery in a special way in the liturgic... Fri, 30 Mar 2018 00:35:15 EST Catechism in a Year http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6476898 104. What does the hidden life of Jesus in Nazareth teach us? <BR> <BR> In the course of his hidden life in Nazareth Jesus stayed in the silence of an ordinary existence. This allows us to enter into fellowship with him in the holiness to be found in a daily life marked by prayer, simplicity, work and family love. His obedience to Mary to Joseph, his foster father, is an image of his filial obedience to the Father. Mary and Joseph accepted with faith the mystery of Jesus even though they did... Thu, 29 Mar 2018 00:29:01 EST Catechism in a Year http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6476563 101. In what sense is the life of Christ a Mystery? <BR> <BR> The entire life of Christ is a revelation. What was visible in the earthly life of Jesus leads us to the invisible mystery of his divine sonship: "whoever has seen me has seen the Father" (John 14:9). Furthermore, even though salvation comes completely from the cross and the resurrection, the entire life of Christ is a mystery of redemption because everything that Jesus did, said, and suffered had for its aim the salvation of fall... Wed, 28 Mar 2018 00:28:20 EST Catechism in a Year http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6476255 98. What does the virginal conception of Jesus mean? <BR> <BR> The virginal conception of Jesus means that Jesus was conceived in the womb of the Virgin solely by the power of the Holy Spirit without the intervention of a man. He is the Son of the heavenly Father according to his divine nature and the Son of Mary according to his human nature. He is however, truly the Son of God in both natures since there is in him only one Person who is divine. <BR> <BR> Further reading: CCC 496-498, 503 ... Tue, 27 Mar 2018 00:31:05 EST Catechism in a Year http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6475906 95. "Born of the Virgin Mary"; Why is Mary truly the Mother of God? <BR> <BR> Mary is truly the Mother of God because she is the Mother of Jesus (John 2:1, John 19:25). The One who was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and became truly her Son is actually the eternal Son of God the Father. He is God himself. <BR> <BR> Further reading: CCC 495, 509 <BR> <BR> 96. What does the "Immaculate Conception" mean? <BR> <BR> God freely chose Mary from all eternity to be the Mother of his Son... Mon, 26 Mar 2018 00:24:22 EST Happy Palm Sunday and Catechism in a year http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6475813 Happy Palm Sunday to all <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> I cant believe next Sunday is Easter and my friend and his wife celebrating his 40th year <BR> anniversary and Helping to plan a few things at church for them to make is special ... <BR> <BR> <BR> 92. Did Christ have a true human body? <BR> <BR> Christ assumed a true human body by means of which the invisible God became visible. This is the reason why Christ can be represented and venerated in sacred images. <BR> <BR>... Sun, 25 Mar 2018 19:04:47 EST Catechism in a Year http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6475294 89. How does the Church set forth the Mystery of the Incarnation? <BR> <BR> The Church confesses that Jesus Christ is true God and true man, with two natures, a divine nature and a human nature, not confused with each other but united in the Person of the Word. Therefore, in the humanity of Jesus all things - his miracles, his suffering, and his death - must be attributed to his divine Person which acts by means of his assumed human nature. <BR> <BR> "O Only-begotten Son and Word of God yo... Sat, 24 Mar 2018 00:28:07 EST Catechism in a Year http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6474982 87. In what way is Jesus Christ true God and true man? <BR> <BR> Jesus is inseparably true God and true man in the unity of his divine Person. As the Son of God, who is "begotten, not made, consubstantial with the Father," he was made true man, our brother without ceasing to be God, our Lord. <BR> <BR> Further reading: CCC 464-467, 469 <BR> <BR> 88. What does the Council of Chalcedon (in the year 451) teach in this regard? <BR> <BR> The Council of Chalcedon teaches us to confess "one and ... Fri, 23 Mar 2018 00:28:52 EST Catechism in a Year http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6474640 85. Why did the Son of God become man? <BR> <BR> For us men and for our salvation, the Son of God became incarnate in the womb of the Virgin Mary by the power of the Holy Spirit. He did so to reconcile us sinners with God, to have us learn by God's power of the Holy Spirit. He did so to reconcile us sinners with God, to have us learn of God's infinite love, to be our model of holiness and to make us "partakers of the divine nature" (2 Peter 1:4). <BR> <BR> Further reading: CCC 456-460 <BR> ... Thu, 22 Mar 2018 00:35:54 EST Catechism in a Year http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6474311 83. In what sense is Jesus the Only Begotten Son of God? <BR> <BR> Jesus is the Son of God in a unique and perfect way. At the time of his Baptism and his Transfiguration, the voice of the Father designated Jesus as his "beloved Son". In presenting himself as the Son who "knows the Father" (Matthew 11:27), Jesus affirmed his singular and eternal relationship with God his Father. He is "the Only Begotten Son of God" (I John 4:9), the second Person of the Blessed Trinity. He is the central fig... Wed, 21 Mar 2018 00:39:05 EST Our Final Prayer. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6473990 In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. <BR> <BR> Dear Lord Jesus, I have specific requests that may only partially fill the infinite needs and desires that are in my heart. I ask that You answer me not only for those requests but also for a greater reliance on You to satisfy the needs and desires that You have given me. <BR> <BR> Please grant the prayers of all those who prayed this novena with me. Bless them with Your love and make them holy! <BR> <BR> M... Tue, 20 Mar 2018 00:35:35 EST Day 9 - The St. Joseph, Husband of Mary Novena http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6473626 Day 9 - The St. Joseph, Husband of Mary Novena <BR> (Audio/Video Version) <BR> <BR> In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. <BR> <BR> Saint Joseph, you are the faithful protector and intercessor of all who love and venerate you. You know that I have confidence in you and that, after Jesus and Mary, I come to you as an example for holiness, for you are especially close with God. Therefore, I humbly commend myself, with all who are dear to me and all that belo... Mon, 19 Mar 2018 00:30:32 EST Day 8 - The St. Joseph, Husband of Mary Novena http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6473531 In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. <BR> <BR> Saint Joseph, you are the faithful protector and intercessor of all who love and venerate you. You know that I have confidence in you and that, after Jesus and Mary, I come to you as an example for holiness, for you are especially close with God. Therefore, I humbly commend myself, with all who are dear to me and all that belong to me, to your intercession. I beg of you, by your love for Jesus and Mary, not to... Sun, 18 Mar 2018 19:45:05 EST Day 7 - The St. Joseph, Husband of Mary Novena http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6472986 In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. <BR> <BR> Saint Joseph, you are the faithful protector and intercessor of all who love and venerate you. You know that I have confidence in you and that, after Jesus and Mary, I come to you as an example for holiness, for you are especially close with God. Therefore, I humbly commend myself, with all who are dear to me and all that belong to me, to your intercession. I beg of you, by your love for Jesus and Mary, not to... Sat, 17 Mar 2018 00:45:26 EST Day 6 - The St. Joseph, Husband of Mary Novena http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6472698 In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. <BR> <BR> Saint Joseph, you are the faithful protector and intercessor of all who love and venerate you. You know that I have confidence in you and that, after Jesus and Mary, I come to you as an example for holiness, for you are especially close with God. Therefore, I humbly commend myself, with all who are dear to me and all that belong to me, to your intercession. I beg of you, by your love for Jesus and Mary, not to... Fri, 16 Mar 2018 00:38:00 EST Day 5 - The St. Joseph, Husband of Mary Novena http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6472366 In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. <BR> <BR> Saint Joseph, you are the faithful protector and intercessor of all who love and venerate you. You know that I have confidence in you and that, after Jesus and Mary, I come to you as an example for holiness, for you are especially close with God. Therefore, I humbly commend myself, with all who are dear to me and all that belong to me, to your intercession. I beg of you, by your love for Jesus and Mary, not to... Thu, 15 Mar 2018 00:25:45 EST Day 4 - The St. Joseph, Husband of Mary Novena http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6472059 In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. <BR> <BR> Saint Joseph, you are the faithful protector and intercessor of all who love and venerate you. You know that I have confidence in you and that, after Jesus and Mary, I come to you as an example for holiness, for you are especially close with God. Therefore, I humbly commend myself, with all who are dear to me and all that belong to me, to your intercession. I beg of you, by your love for Jesus and Mary, not to... Wed, 14 Mar 2018 00:29:06 EST Day 3 - The St. Joseph, Husband of Mary Novena http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6471756 Day 3 - The St. Joseph, Husband of Mary Novena <BR> <BR> In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. <BR> <BR> Saint Joseph, you are the faithful protector and intercessor of all who love and venerate you. You know that I have confidence in you and that, after Jesus and Mary, I come to you as an example for holiness, for you are especially close with God. Therefore, I humbly commend myself, with all who are dear to me and all that belong to me, to your intercess... Tue, 13 Mar 2018 00:52:06 EST Day 2 - The St. Joseph, Husband of Mary Novena http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6471392 In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. <BR> <BR> Saint Joseph, you are the faithful protector and intercessor of all who love and venerate you. You know that I have confidence in you and that, after Jesus and Mary, I come to you as an example for holiness, for you are especially close with God. Therefore, I humbly commend myself, with all who are dear to me and all that belong to me, to your intercession. I beg of you, by your love for Jesus and Mary, not to... Mon, 12 Mar 2018 00:29:51 EST Day 1 - The St. Joseph, Husband of Mary Novena http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6471328 In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. <BR> <BR> Saint Joseph, you are the faithful protector and intercessor of all who love and venerate you. You know that I have confidence in you and that, after Jesus and Mary, I come to you as an example for holiness, for you are especially close with God. Therefore, I humbly commend myself, with all who are dear to me and all that belong to me, to your intercession. I beg of you, by your love for Jesus and Mary, not to... Sun, 11 Mar 2018 21:11:21 EST Catechism in a Year http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6470744 81. What is the meaning of the name "Jesus"? <BR> <BR> Given by the angel at the time of the Annunciation, the name "Jesus" means "God saves". The name expresses his identity and his mission "because he will save his people from their sins" (Matthew 1:21). Peter proclaimed that "there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we can be saved" (Acts 4:12). <BR> <BR> Further reading: CCC 430-435, 452 <BR> <BR> <BR> 82. Why is Jesus called "Christ"? <BR> <BR> "Christ" in Greek, "M... Sat, 10 Mar 2018 00:26:47 EST Catechism in a Year http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6470456 75. What was the first human sin? <BR> <BR> When tempted by the devil, the first man and woman allowed trust in their Creator to die in their hearts. In their disobedience they wished to become "like God" but without God and not in accordance with God (Genesis 3:5). Thus, Adam and Eve immediately lost for themselves and for all their descendants the original grace of holiness and justice. <BR> <BR> Further reading: CCC 396-403, 415-417 <BR> <BR> <BR> 76. What is original sin? <BR> <BR> O... Fri, 9 Mar 2018 00:32:24 EST Catechism in a Year http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6470129 70. Where does the soul come from? <BR> <BR> The spiritual soul does not come from one's parents but is created immediately by God and is immortal. It does not perish at the moment when it is separated from the body in death and it will be once again reunited with the body at the moment of the final resurrection. <BR> <BR> Further reading: CCC 366-368, 382 <BR> <BR> <BR> 71. What relationship has God established between man and woman? <BR> <BR> Man and woman have been created by God in e... Thu, 8 Mar 2018 00:34:17 EST Catechism in a Year http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6469765 79. What is the Good News for humanity? <BR> <BR> It is the proclamation of Jesus Christ, the "Son of the living God" (Matthew 16:16), who died and rose from the dead. In the time of King Herod and the Emperor Caesar Augustus, God fulfilled the promises that he made to Abraham and his descendants. He sent "his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons" (Galatians 4:4-5) <BR> <BR> Further reading: CCC 422-424 <... Wed, 7 Mar 2018 00:34:43 EST Catechism in a Year http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6469427 77. What other consequences derive from original sin? <BR> <BR> In consequence of original sin human nature, without being totally corrupted, is wounded in its natural powers. It is subject to ignorance, to suffering and to the dominion of death and is inclined toward sin. This inclination is called concupiscence. <BR> <BR> Further reading: CCC 405-409, 418 <BR> <BR> <BR> 78. After the first sin, what did God do? <BR> <BR> After the first sin the world was inundated with sin but God did ... Tue, 6 Mar 2018 00:37:21 EST Catechism in a Year http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6469049 66. In what sense do we understand man and woman as created "in the image of God"? <BR> <BR> The human person is created in the image of God in the sense that he or she is capable of knowing and of loving their Creator in freedom. Human beings are the only creatures on earth that God has willed for their own sake and has called to share, through knowledge and love, in his own divine life. All human beings, in as much as they are created in the image of God, have the dignity of a person. A pe... Mon, 5 Mar 2018 00:36:49 EST Catechism in a Year http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6468985 64. What kind of bond exists between created things? <BR> <BR> There exist an interdependence and a hierarchy among creatures as willed by God. At the same time, there is also a unity and solidarity among creatures since all have the same Creator, are loved by him and are ordered to his glory. Respecting the laws inscribed in creation and the relations which derive from the nature of things is, therefore, a principle of wisdom and a foundation for morality. <BR> <BR> Further reading: CCC 34... Sun, 4 Mar 2018 21:28:27 EST Catechism in a Year http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6468400 62. What does Sacred Scripture teach about the creation of the visible world? <BR> <BR> Through the account of the "six days" of creation Sacred Scripture teaches us the value of the created world and its purpose, namely, to praise God and to serve humanity. Every single thing owes its very existence to God from whom it receives its goodness and perfection, its proper laws and its proper place in the universe. <BR> <BR> Further reading: CCC 337-344 <BR> <BR> 63. What is the place of the hu... Sat, 3 Mar 2018 00:45:14 EST Our Final Prayer... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6468091 Now, Let us pray... <BR> (Audio/Video Version) <BR> In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. <BR> <BR> Dear Lord Jesus, I have specific requests that may only partially fill the infinite needs and desires that are in my heart. I ask that You answer me not only for those requests but also for a greater reliance on You to satisfy the needs and desires that You have given me. <BR> <BR> Please grant the prayers of all those who prayed this novena with me. Bless ... Fri, 2 Mar 2018 00:28:31 EST