DEE107's SparkPeople Blog DEE107's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Catechism in a Year 424. What other kinds of grace are there? <BR> <BR> Besides habitual grace, there are actual graces (gifts for specific circumstances), sacramental graces (gifts proper to each sacrament), special graces or charisms (gifts that are intended for the common good of the Church) among which are the graces of state that accompany the exercise of ecclesial ministries and the responsibilities of life. <BR> <BR> Further reading: CCC 1999-2000, 2003-2004, 2023-2024 <BR> <BR> <BR> 425. What is the ... Wed, 20 Sep 2017 00:21:35 EST Catechism in a Year 422. What is justification? <BR> <BR> Justification is the most excellent work of God's love. It is the merciful and freely-given act of God which takes away our sins and makes us just and holy in our whole being. It is brought about by means of the grace of the Holy Spirit which has been merited for us by the passion of Christ and is given to us in Baptism. Justification is the beginning of the free response of man, that is, faith in Christ and of cooperation with the grace of the Holy Spir... Tue, 19 Sep 2017 00:23:45 EST Catechism in a Year 420. What is the New Law or the Law of the Gospel? <BR> <BR> The New Law or the Law of the Gospel, proclaimed and fulfilled by Christ, is the fullness and completion of the divine law, natural and revealed. It is summed up in the commandment to love God and neighbor and to love one another as Christ loved us. It is also an interior reality: the grace of the Holy Spirit which makes possible such love. It is "the law of freedom" (Galatians 1:25) because it inclines us to act spontaneously by t... Mon, 18 Sep 2017 00:39:19 EST Another long day Went to bed early. I don't remember hitting the pillow. Been back and forth from the hospital <BR> They are sending dad to a trauma hospital to work on his heart. Praying here all goes well Sun, 17 Sep 2017 22:36:14 EST Catechism in a Year 415. What is the moral law? <BR> <BR> The moral law is a work of divine Wisdom. It prescribes the ways and the rules of conduct that lead to the promised beatitude and it forbids the ways that turn away from God. <BR> <BR> Further reading: CCC 1950-1953, 1975-1978 <BR> <BR> <BR> 416. In what does the natural moral law consist? <BR> <BR> The natural law which is inscribed by the Creator on the heart of every person consists in a participation in the wisdom and the goodness of God. It expr... Sat, 16 Sep 2017 00:45:30 EST Catechism in a Year 418. What is the relationship between the natural law and the Old Law? <BR> <BR> The Old Law is the first stage of revealed Law. It expresses many truths naturally accessible to reason and which are thus affirmed and authenticated in the covenant of salvation. Its moral prescriptions, which are summed up in the Ten Commandments of the Decalogue, lay the foundations of the human vocation, prohibit what is contrary to the love of God and neighbor, and prescribe what is essential to it. <BR> <... Fri, 15 Sep 2017 00:28:02 EST Catechism in a Year 413. How are we to view social inequalities? <BR> <BR> There are sinful social and economic inequalities which affect millions of human beings. These inequalities are in open contradiction to the Gospel and are contrary to justice, to the dignity of persons, and to peace. There are, however, differences among people caused by various factors which enter into the plan of God. Indeed, God wills that each might receive what he or she needs from others and that those endowed with particular tale... Thu, 14 Sep 2017 00:27:04 EST Catechism in a Year 411. How does society ensure social justice? <BR> <BR> Society ensures social justice when it respects the dignity and the rights of the person as the proper end of society itself. Furthermore, society pursues social justice, which is linked to the common good and to the exercise of authority, when it provides the conditions that allow associations and individuals to obtain what is their due. <BR> <BR> Further reading: CCC 1928-1933, 1943-1944 <BR> <BR> <BR> 412. On what is human equality... Wed, 13 Sep 2017 00:37:08 EST Catechism in a Year 411. How does society ensure social justice? <BR> <BR> Society ensures social justice when it respects the dignity and the rights of the person as the proper end of society itself. Furthermore, society pursues social justice, which is linked to the common good and to the exercise of authority, when it provides the conditions that allow associations and individuals to obtain what is their due. <BR> <BR> Further reading: CCC 1928-1933, 1943-1944 <BR> <BR> <BR> 412. On what is human equality... Tue, 12 Sep 2017 00:46:18 EST thank you and Catechism in a year <BR> <BR> <BR> First let me say thanks for your prayers for me and dad thank you hugs Dee <BR> <BR> 409. Where can one find the most complete realization of the common good? <BR> <BR> The most complete realization of the common good is found in those political communities which defend and promote the good of their citizens and of intermediate groups without forgetting the universal good of the entire human family. <BR> <BR> Further reading: CCC 1901-1912, 1927 <BR> <BR> <BR> 4... Mon, 11 Sep 2017 00:35:10 EST Dad update Dad is doing better .. he is eating up a storm at great thing ... offered to bring him some things from home his candy peppermints his favorites .. he lost so far 7 pounds of water since fri weight ,. he is still fill of water and the legs and adbomen went down .. I didnt know the left side of the heart when it fails this is where the fluids go .. when it was mom it was always her legs and lungs he has so crackling .. he wants to get better and come home .... Sun, 10 Sep 2017 22:23:31 EST My Day today called yesterday dads doctor they said he was in another hospital doing procedures .. they would call me in the morning ,,, I call the doctors office about 11 15 am he is busy .. Got tired of waiting I took dad to ER .. They admitted dad to the hospital he has congestive heart failure .. spent the day there with him Sat, 9 Sep 2017 00:38:47 EST Catechism in a Year 407. What is the common good? <BR> <BR> By the common good is meant the sum total of those conditions of social life which allow people as groups and as individuals to reach their proper fulfillment. <BR> <BR> Further reading: CCC 1905-1906,1924 <BR> <BR> <BR> 408. What is involved in the common good? <BR> <BR> The common good involves: respect for and promotion of the fundamental rights of the person, the development of the spiritual and temporal good of persons and society, and the pea... Fri, 8 Sep 2017 00:41:31 EST Catechism in a Year 405. What is the foundation of the authority of society? <BR> <BR> Every human community needs a legitimate authority that preserves order and contributes to the realization of the common good. The foundation of such authority lies in human nature because it corresponds to the order established by God. <BR> <BR> Further reading: CCC 1897-1902, 1918-1920 <BR> <BR> <BR> 406. When is authority exercised in a legitimate way? <BR> <BR> Authority is exercised legitimately when it acts for the... Thu, 7 Sep 2017 00:40:02 EST Catechism in a Year 403. What is the principle of subsidiarity? <BR> <BR> The principle of subsidiarity states that a community of a higher order should not assume the task belonging to a community of a lower order and deprive it of its authority. It should rather support it in case of need. <BR> <BR> Further reading: CCC 1883-1885, 1894 <BR> <BR> 404. What else is required for an authentic human society? <BR> <BR> Authentic human society requires respect for justice, a just hierarchy of values, and the sub... Wed, 6 Sep 2017 00:50:41 EST Catechism in a Year 401. In what does the social dimension of man consist? <BR> <BR> Together with the personal call to beatitude, the human person has a communal dimension as an essential component of his nature and vocation. Indeed, all are called to the same end, God himself. There is a certain resemblance between the communion of the divine Persons and the fraternity that people are to establish among themselves in truth and love. Love of neighbor is inseparable from love for God. <BR> <BR> Further reading... Tue, 5 Sep 2017 00:26:09 EST #180 - Pope Innocent IV Pope from June 25, 1243 - December 7, 1254 <BR> Lived: c.1195 - December 7, 1254 <BR> Birth name: Sinisbaldo de Fieschi <BR> <BR> Who was this guy before he was pope? <BR> Born in Genoa around the year 1195, Sinisbaldo de Fieschi was well-educated as a young man and, like many of his recent papal compatriots, taught canon law at Bologna for some time. In 1227, Pope Gregory IX called Sinisbaldo and said, “Hey. I’ve got a red hat for you,” assigning him to the Church of St. Lawrence in Lucina... Mon, 4 Sep 2017 00:44:57 EST #178 - Pope Gregory IX Pope from March 19, 1227 - August 22, 1241 <BR> Lived: c. 1145 - August 22, 1241 <BR> Birth name: Ugolino de Conti <BR> <BR> Who was this guy before he was pope? <BR> A nephew of Pope Innocent III, Ugolino de Conti was born in Anagni, Italy around the year 1145. Over the course of his career in service to the Church, Ugolino batted for the cycle, serving time as deacon, priest, and bishop before ascending to the papacy. He was made a cardinal in 1206 and soon was sent to Germany as legate t... Sun, 3 Sep 2017 21:26:49 EST Catechism in a Year 399. Do we have any responsibility for sins committed by others? <BR> <BR> We do have such a responsibility when we culpably cooperate with them. <BR> <BR> Further reading: CCC 1868 <BR> <BR> <BR> 400. What are the structures of sin? <BR> <BR> Structures of sin are social situations or institutions that are contrary to the divine law. They are the expression and effect of personal sins. <BR> <BR> Further reading: CCC 1869 <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> These excerpts are from the C... Sat, 2 Sep 2017 00:44:25 EST Catechism in a Year <BR> 397. How does sin proliferate? <BR> <BR> Sin creates a proclivity to sin; it engenders vice by repetition of the same acts. <BR> <BR> Further reading: CCC 1865, 1876 <BR> <BR> <BR> 398. What are vices? <BR> <BR> Vices are the opposite of virtues. They are perverse habits which darken the conscience and incline one to evil. The vices can be linked to the seven, so-called, capital sins which are: pride, avarice, envy, anger, lust, gluttony, and sloth or acedia. <BR> <BR> Furth... Fri, 1 Sep 2017 00:32:40 EST Catechism in a Year 395. When does one commit a mortal sin? <BR> <BR> One commits a mortal sin when they are simultaneously present: grave matter, full knowledge, and deliberate consent. This sin destroys charity in us, deprives us of sanctifying grace, and if unrepented, leads us to the eternal death of hell. It can be forgiven in the ordinary way by means of the sacraments of Baptism and of Penance or Reconciliation. <BR> <BR> Further reading: CCC 1855-1861, 1874 <BR> <BR> <BR> 396. When does one commit a ... Thu, 31 Aug 2017 00:38:17 EST Catechism in a Year 393. Is there a variety of sins? <BR> <BR> There are a great many kinds of sins. They can be distinguished according to their object or according to the virtues or commandments which they violate. They can directly concern God, neighbor, or ourselves. They can also be divided into sins of thought, or word, of deed, or of omission. <BR> <BR> Further reading: CCC 1852-1853, 1873 <BR> <BR> <BR> 394. How are sins distinguished according to their gravity? <BR> <BR> A distinction is made betwe... Wed, 30 Aug 2017 00:49:28 EST Catechism in a Year 391. What does the acceptance of God's mercy require from us? <BR> <BR> It requires that we admit our faults and repent of our sins. God himself by his Word and his Spirit lays bare our sins and gives us the truth of conscience and the hope of forgiveness. <BR> <BR> Further reading: CCC 1846-1848, 1870 <BR> <BR> <BR> 392. What is sin? <BR> <BR> Sin is "a word, an act, or a desire contrary to the eternal Law" (Saint Augustine). It is an offense against God in disobedience to his love. It ... Tue, 29 Aug 2017 00:53:52 EST Catechism in a Year 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, 28 Aug 2017 00:28:17 EST #175 - Pope Celestine III Pope from March 30, 1191 - January 8, 1198 <BR> Lived: 1106 - January 8, 1198 <BR> Birth name: Giacinto Bobone <BR> <BR> Who was this guy before he was pope? <BR> Giacinto Bobone was born into Roman nobility in 1106, and was known well for his education, holiness, and eloquence. In 1144, Pope Celestine II elevated Giacinto to cardinal-deacon and assigned him to the Roman basilica of Santa Maria in Cosmedin. He was considered by his brothers in the Roman Curia as an expert on Spain, having b... Sun, 27 Aug 2017 21:02:21 EST Catechism in a Year 389. What are the gifts of the Holy Spirit? <BR> <BR> The gifts of the Holy Spirit are permanent dispositions which make us docile in following divine inspirations. They are seven: wisdom, understanding, counsel, fortitude, knowledge, piety and fear of the Lord. <BR> <BR> Further reading: CCC 1830-1831, 1845 <BR> <BR> <BR> 390. What are the fruits of the Holy Spirit? <BR> <BR> The fruits of the Holy Spirit are perfections formed in us as the first fruits of eternal glory. The tradition o... Sat, 26 Aug 2017 00:50:40 EST Catechism in a Year 387. What is hope? <BR> <BR> Hope is the theological virtue by which we desire and await from God eternal life as our happiness, placing our trust in Christ's promises and relying on the help of the grace of the Holy Spirit to merit it and to persevere to the end of our earthly life. <BR> <BR> Further reading: CCC 1817-1821, 1843 <BR> <BR> <BR> 388. What is charity? <BR> <BR> Charity is the theological virtue by which we love God above all things and our neighbor as ourselves for the lov... Fri, 25 Aug 2017 00:36:17 EST Catechism in a year 385. What are the theological virtues? <BR> <BR> The theological virtues are faith, hope, and charity. <BR> <BR> Further reading: CCC 1813 <BR> <BR> <BR> 386. What is the virtue of faith? <BR> <BR> Faith is the theological virtue by which we believe in God and all that he has revealed to us and that the Church proposes for our belief because God is Truth itself. By faith the human person freely commits himself to God. Therefore, the believer seeks to know and do the will of God because "... Thu, 24 Aug 2017 00:43:23 EST Catechism in a Year 383. What is temperance? <BR> <BR> Temperance moderates the attraction of pleasures, assures the mastery of the will over instincts and provides balance in the use of created goods. <BR> <BR> Further reading: CCC 1809, 1838 <BR> <BR> <BR> 384. What are the theological virtues? <BR> <BR> The theological virtues have God himself as their origin, motive and direct object. Infused with sanctifying grace, they bestow on one the capacity to live in a relationship with the Trinity. They are the... Wed, 23 Aug 2017 00:41:29 EST Catechism in a Year 381. What is justice? <BR> <BR> Justice consists in the firm and constant will to give to others their due. Justice toward God is called "the virtue of religion." <BR> <BR> Further reading: CCC 1807, 1836 <BR> <BR> 382. What is fortitude? <BR> <BR> Fortitude assures firmness in difficulties and constancy in the pursuit of the good. It reaches even to the ability of possibly sacrificing one's own life for a just cause. <BR> <BR> <BR> Further reading: CCC 1808, 1837 <BR> <BR> <BR... Tue, 22 Aug 2017 00:31:00 EST Catechism in a Year 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... Mon, 21 Aug 2017 00:01:52 EST hello Yesterday I took the brace off and did to much the pain was so bad in the ankle I Iced and went to bed early .. wore the brace to church and to see the sick at home than I took the brace off excerise and ice ..taking it easier than yesterday Sun, 20 Aug 2017 20:08:40 EST Catechism in a Year 379. What are the principal human virtues? <BR> <BR> The principal human virtues are called the cardinal virtues, under which all the other virtues are grouped and which are the hinges of a virtuous life. The cardinal virtues are: prudence, justice, fortitude, and temperance. <BR> <BR> Further reading: CCC 1805, 1834 <BR> <BR> <BR> 380. What is prudence? <BR> <BR> Prudence disposes reason to discern in every circumstance our true good and to choose the right means for achieving it. Prude... Sat, 19 Aug 2017 00:56:57 EST Catechism in a Year 377. What is virtue? <BR> <BR> A virtue is a habitual and firm disposition to do the good. "The goal of a virtuous life is to become like God" (Saint Gregory of Nyssa). There are human virtues and theological virtues. <BR> <BR> Further reading: CCC 1803, 1833 <BR> <BR> <BR> 378. What are the human virtues? <BR> <BR> The human virtues are habitual and stable perfections of the intellect and will that govern our actions, order our passions and guide our conduct according to reason and fait... Fri, 18 Aug 2017 00:46:00 EST Catechism in a Year 374. How is a moral conscience formed to be upright and truthful? <BR> <BR> An upright and true moral conscience is formed by education and by assimilating the Word of God and the teaching of the Church. It is supported by the gifts of the Holy Spirit and helped by the advice of wise people. Prayer and an examination of conscience can also greatly assist one's moral formation. <BR> <BR> Further reading: CCC 1783-1788, 1799-1800 <BR> <BR> <BR> 375. What norms must conscience always follow?... Thu, 17 Aug 2017 00:00:13 EST Catechism in a Year 372. What is the moral conscience? <BR> <BR> Moral conscience, present in the heart of the person, is a judgment of reason which at the appropriate moment enjoins him to do good and to avoid evil. Thanks to moral conscience, the human person perceives the moral quality of an act to be done or which has already been done, permitting him to assume responsibility for the act. When attentive to moral conscience, the prudent person can hear the voice of God who speaks to him or her. <BR> <BR> Fu... Wed, 16 Aug 2017 00:35:18 EST Catechism in a Year 370. What are the passions? <BR> <BR> The passions are the feelings, the emotions or the movements of the sensible appetite - natural components of human psychology - which incline a person to act or not to act in view of what is perceived as good or evil. The principal passions are love and hatred, desire and fear, joy, sadness, and anger. The chief passion is love which is drawn by the attraction of the good. One can only love what is good, real or apparent. <BR> <BR> Further reading: CCC... Tue, 15 Aug 2017 00:27:45 EST Catechism in a Year 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 ... Mon, 14 Aug 2017 00:25:37 EST Catechism in a Year 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... Sun, 13 Aug 2017 00:02:43 EST Catechism in a Year 367. What are the sources of the morality of human acts? <BR> <BR> The morality of human acts depends on three sources: the object chosen, either a true or apparent good: the intention of the subject who acts, that is, the purpose for which the subject performs the act; and the circumstances of the act, which include its consequences. <BR> <BR> Further reading: CCC 1749-1754, 1757-1758 <BR> <BR> <BR> 368. When is an act morally good? <BR> <BR> An act is morally good when it assumes simul... Sat, 12 Aug 2017 00:51:28 EST Catechism in a Year 365. Why does everyone have a right to exercise freedom? <BR> <BR> The right to the exercise of freedom belongs to everyone because it is inseparable from his or her dignity as a human person. Therefore this right must always be respected, especially in moral and religious matters, and it must be recognized and protected by civil authority within the limits of the common good and a just public order. <BR> <BR> Further reading: CCC 1738, 1747 <BR> <BR> <BR> 366. What place does human freed... Fri, 11 Aug 2017 00:45:16 EST Catechism in a Year 363. What is freedom? <BR> <BR> Freedom is the power given by God to act or not to act, to do this or to do that, and so to perform deliberate actions on one's own responsibility. Freedom characterizes properly human acts. The more one does what is good, the freer one becomes. Freedom attains its proper perfection when it is directed toward God, the highest good and our beatitude. Freedom implies also the possibility of choosing between good and evil. The choice of evil is an abuse of freedo... Thu, 10 Aug 2017 00:48:02 EST Catechism in a Year 360. Why are the beatitudes important for us? <BR> <BR> The beatitudes are at the heart of Jesus' preaching and they take up and fulfill the promises that God made starting with Abraham. They depict the very countenance of Jesus and they characterize authentic Christian life. They reveal the ultimate goal of human activity, which is eternal happiness. <BR> <BR> Further reading: CCC 1716-1717, 1725-1726 <BR> <BR> <BR> 361. What is the relationship between the beatitudes and our desire for ... Wed, 9 Aug 2017 00:40:53 EST Catechism in a Year 358. What is the root of human dignity? <BR> <BR> The dignity of the human person is rooted in his or her creation in the image and likeness of God. Endowed with a spiritual and immortal soul, intelligence and free will, the human person is ordered to God and called in soul and in body to eternal beatitude. <BR> <BR> Further reading: CCC 1699-1715 <BR> <BR> <BR> 359. How do we attain beatitude? <BR> <BR> We attain beatitude by virtue of the grace of Christ which makes us participants in ... Tue, 8 Aug 2017 00:37:22 EST Catechism in a Year 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... Mon, 7 Aug 2017 00:21:49 EST Sat Night I was so tired I crashed early and my foot was throbbing .. 8 more days before I can start therapy for the ankle.. Last night we got good news my niece got engaged to her boyfriend of many years at the beach in wildwood while on vacation with his family 40 of them on his mothers side and my sister and husband went down too Sun, 6 Aug 2017 20:02:49 EST Catechism in a Year 354. What is the relationship between the sacraments and the death of a Christian? <BR> <BR> The Christian who dies in Christ reaches at the end of his earthly existence the fulfillment of that new life which was begun in Baptism, strengthened in Confirmation, and nourished in the Eucharist, the foretaste of the heavenly banquet. The meaning of the death of a Christian becomes clear in the light of the death and Resurrection of Christ our only hope. The Christian who dies in Christ Jesus goe... Sat, 5 Aug 2017 00:39:20 EST Catechism in a Year 351. What are the sacramentals? <BR> <BR> These are the sacred signs instituted by the Church to sanctify different circumstances of life. They include a prayer accompanied by the sign of the cross and other signs. Among the sacramentals which occupy an important place are: blessings, which are the praise of God and a prayer to obtain his gifts, the consecration of persons and the dedication of things for the worship of God. <BR> <BR> Further reading: CCC 1667-1672, 1677-1678 <BR> <BR> <B... Fri, 4 Aug 2017 00:37:33 EST Catechism in a Year 349. What is the attitude of the Church toward those people who are divorced and then remarried? <BR> <BR> The Church, since she is faithful to her Lord, cannot recognize the union of people who are civilly divorced and remarried. "Whoever divorces his wife and marries another, commits adultery against her; and if she divorces her husband and marries another, she commits adultery" (Mark 10:11-12). The Church manifests an attentive solicitude toward such people and encourages them to a life o... Thu, 3 Aug 2017 00:46:03 EST Catechism in a Year 347. What sins are gravely opposed to the sacrament of Matrimony? <BR> <BR> Adultery and polygamy are opposed to the sacrament of matrimony because they contradict the equal dignity of man and woman and the unity and exclusivity of married love. Other sins include the deliberate refusal of one's procreative potential which deprives conjugal love of the gift of children and divorce which goes against the indissolubility of marriage. <BR> <BR> Further reading: CCC 1645-1648 <BR> <BR> <BR> 3... Wed, 2 Aug 2017 00:55:00 EST