All Conversations in My Heart
Tuesday, December 28, 2010
  The Penny Catechism
There are many catechisms in the Catholic Church, yet in today's church there is not much attention given to any of them. In fact it is a fact that the theology in the Church today is more Lutheran than Papal Catholic. Of course, we will hear crescendos of wailing and shouts of denial at this statement. Not my problem but I will write the majority of catholics do not use the sacraments especially confession, and act or claim to be devout, I ask what else can I think?
The Penny Catechism so well used at one time in England and Wales was the bellwether, an iconic weather vane and the explanatory teaching tool by which I and many others were brought up to be catholic and I think since its use died out we can see the dreadfulness of Catholicism and religion in the UK, today. I also will write and laugh heartily at the foolish co-catholics who cannot see how the lack of good catechesis in the Church today is causing those sacrileges and blasphemies pointed out and taught in the Prayer by St Michael the Archangel at Fatima to Lucia, Francesco and Jacinta. I marvel at the effect this demonstration had upon the life of Francesco a pre-teen country boy relatively uneducated by any standard. How comes a boy of this kind was able to grasp the meaning of the prayer while so-called well educated catholics today turn up their noses and sneer as they defiantly give alarming demonstrations of their indifference etc.
The Penny Catechism blessed, supported and recommended by so many English and Welsh bishops which by the degree of the Pastoral Council of Vatican 2 can not be dismissed or changed asked and answered in question 250; Do the Sacraments always give grace and answered The sacraments always give grace to those who receive them worthily. It follows with a footnote that qualifies worthily as being in the proper disposition. Moving along to question 271 we have the question and the answer "in order to receive the Blessed sacrament of the altar worthily, what is required? In order to receive the Blessed Sacrament worthily, it is required we are in the State of Grace and keep the prescribed fast. Further information is provided by question 272; What is it to be in a state of grace? To be in a state of grace is to be free from mortal sin, and pleasing to God.
Let me give you readers some advice, print out this article and ask your parish priest even your Bishop how true are these thoughts? Get them to write out and specify the lies in the article. If you have the virtue of fortitude you may be inclined to follow this through but with the spin theology in the Church that is our new unity, You will go along to get along and so many of you will do nothing and be satisfied in your religion until Christ asks you when you leave this world, "Were you never scandalized by the lack of knowledge in the Church?" He will, be patient and wait and see.
How do you know if you are free from mortal sin? The safest way is to go to confession an act given by Divine Providence for the forgiveness of sins after baptism. Can any of you say that God is in error and we do not need His sacramental Forgiveness? It is the only guarantee we have of receiving grace from any sacrament. Whether it be  Holy Orders, Confirmation, Marriage. Without the right disposition it is likely from Church teachings there is no grace. By the way the Church teaches the effects of sacraments are put aside until we go to confession and then we receive them. It is the only scriptural guarantee that exists. It is backed by a man who was and is God who would not lie to save Himself from death. After His resurrection He came back and gave His Apostles the right to forgive sins. The question here is did He come back from death, did the apostles lie when they made this claim. If it was a lie then those of those times could have laughed scornfully at His followers and the 500 who watched Him ascend into heaven would never have existed. and the Hebrews would certainly have acclaimed the lie. Remember those who scornfully deny He did rise again are as imbecilic, no they are more so because those of those times in Jerusalem never denied the Resurrection. Historians of that time have never said foolish men see foolish things.
Going back to question 250, it could be written. Do those who are not in the right disposition receive Christ? Reasonable people will see two facts; one; in a state of Grace through God's condescension He will dwell in us. The second fact is with this indwelling there is as Christ promised us wherever the Son is, is the Father is likewise, and also is the Holy Ghost, the Spirit of God's supernatural love.
I have a question, "Does God share His Place with His enemy?"  As a priest told me this week you ask questions that stab people in the heart. Why not ask, if it saves their souls?

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