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Friday, May 5, 2023
Which two saints are called the patron saints of missions even though they never left their convent?
Saint Therese and Saint Frances Xavier
Friday, April 28, 2023
According to the Catholic Church, which of these is NOT a Fruit of the Holy Spirit?
Answer: According to the Catholic Church the twelve fruits of the Holy Spirit are: charity, joy, peace, patience, benignity, goodness, long-suffering, mildness, faith, modesty, continency, and chastity. Fortitude is a moral virtue.
*Information from "The New Saint Joseph Baltimore Catechism" - No.2, Lesson 10 - "The Virtues and Gifts of the Holy Spirit".
Friday, April 21, 2023
What prominent heresy did the First Council of Nicaea condemn?"
The First Council of Nicaea, convened in 325, condemned the heresy of Arianism. Arianism was first proposed by the Catholic priest Arius, who lived in Alexandria, Egypt. Arius promoted the claim that Jesus Christ was not divine. Although this contradicted the Church's teachings, as expressed through Sacred Tradition and Sacred Scripture, the idea became so popular that a majority of Catholic bishops accepted Arius' claims by the time the First Council of Nicaea was convened. Under the guidance of Saint Nicholas, the council developed the Nicene Creed and condemned Arianism as a heresy. The divinity of Christ was reasserted and Arius was pronounced a heretic.
Friday, March 24, 2023
What are the four Cardinal Virtues?"
Prudence, Justice, Temperance, and Fortitude.
Prudence, which is an 'intellectual virtue', is the wisdom that guides practical decision-making. Justice governs human relationships and social interaction. Fortitude refers to human commitment and inner strength. Temperance is the means by which we regulate or 'moderate' our appetites and emotions.
Friday, March 17, 2023
What is "Simony?"
Simony is a term that is probably unfamiliar to you. It describes an old practice of buying and selling spiritual things and favors and is also a sin against the First Commandment. A modern-day example would be a television preacher promising people miraculous cures if they only send in a certain amount of money. Although it is permissible to expect a contribution for goods and services so that the ministers of God can earn a living and fund their good works, someone who tries to buy or sell spiritual power, or con unsuspecting people with promises of God's favor, is guilty of sin.
The Catholic Faith Handbook for Youth, Third Edition, 2013 Saint Mary's Press