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Faith Resources Newsletter - Number 79 - July - September 2018
When we began our daily Holy Hour ... our
community started to grow and blossom... In our congregation, we used
to have adoration once a week for one hour, and then in 1973, we
decided to have adoration one hour each day. We have much work to do.
Our homes for the sick and dying destitute are full everywhere. And
from the time we started having adoration every day, our love for Jesus
became more intimate, our love for each other more understanding, our
love for the poor more compassionate, and we have double the number of
vocations. God has blessed us with many wonderful vocations. The time
we spend in having our daily audience with God is the most precious
part of the whole day. Saint Teresa of
Message from the
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This year marks 50 years since Pope Paul VI released the beautiful
document Humanae Vitae. This profound Papal Document which has upheld
God’s plan for humanity since Creation has proven to be the most
insightful teaching of the Church for Marriage and Life ever
promulgated. Marriage is a Sacrament instituted by Christ to give
grace. It is a covenant which can only be broken by the death of a
spouse. The indissoluble nature of this sacrament is for the
protection of the spouses and the children. Often people interchange
the word marriage with matrimony. “Matrimony” basically means the
making of a mother which in essence means that true marriage is
between a husband and a wife. Artificial Contraception destroys its
true meaning and will objectify women. We recommend that every person
reads Humanae Vitae and understand how Paul VI’s predictions have
come true for secular society where people advocate the use of Contraception
as a woman’s right. It has led to an unimaginable increase in
abortion, marriage breakdowns and an epidemic of psychologically
damaged children. In light of this we are featuring books, DVDs and
CDs about marriage and life issues.
Many priests have realised over the past ten years that there are now
two generations of Catholics who have not been catechised. It has
come to our attention that many Catholic parents and school teachers
do not understand the sacraments especially the incredible value of
frequent Confession and some are unaware that Christ is truly present
in the Eucharist. This sad situation has prompted us to ask everyone
to spend an hour in front of Our Lord praying for a deepening of our
own Faith and the spreading of the truths of our Beautiful Faith in
its fullness. We ask you to urge your parish priest to have
Eucharistic Adoration for as long as possible. It is often hard to
find the time but we encourage you to do so. The difference this will
make to you and your families is immeasurable. Parishes that have
Perpetual Adoration or regular days have seen incredible differences
in everyone’s personal life which has even extended into the wider
community. There are a wonderful number of new books available for
spiritual reading and to help you make a Holy Hour. We thank Fr
Brendan Murphy SDB, parish priest of Our Lady of the Rosary Parish,
St Marys for permission to include below his introduction to
Father Tierney has been working hard on his submission for the Plenary
Council in 2020. For those who receive the print edition of the
newsletter the submission will be included in the next edition. For
those who receive the email edition of the newsletter the submission
will be included in sections over the coming months. Copies will also
be downloadable from the "Downloads" page of our website.
Please read it as the content is so important in this day and
Once again we offer you our sincere thanks for supporting our work.
Without your prayers and offerings we could not make Father Tierney’s
wonderful handouts and books available. The books and materials we
have are there to help you spread God’s Word to your families and
friends. May God’s goodness shine on you and Mary’s motherly love
accompany you always.
Transforming Your Life through the Eucharist by Fr John A Kane $21.95
The Holy Eucharist has nourished the Faith of Catholics for centuries. It
is all too easy to let routine dull your sense of the transforming power
of this sacrament so read this book to stir the embers of your love for
the Eucharist into a bright glowing flame. Fr Kane explores the selfless
humility shown by Christ in His presence in the Eucharist, opening the
way for you to receive greater spiritual fruit from worthier receptions
of Communion and from adoration of Christ in the Eucharist. You'll learn
how the Eucharist is truly a sacrament of love that not only demonstrates
Christ's love for you, but gives you the grace you need to love God and
your neighbour with a fervour unquenched by passing changes in fortune or
feelings. As Fr Kane opens your eyes to how much God longs to be with you
in the Eucharist, and how much He delights in you, you will come to
experience the Eucharist as that inexhaustible source of grace, peace,
and comfort that He intends it to be for you.
Eucharistic Meditations of St John Vianney compiled by Abbe H. Convert, trans. Sr Mary Benvenuta
For over forty years, St John Vianney was the agent of a complete
spiritual, social, and material reform of his parish, which became a
joyful refuge and a place of pilgrimage. Men and women would travel for
weeks simply to confess before the humble and holy man. His particular
devotion to the Blessed Sacrament is manifest in this book of
twenty-seven meditations, which had its first English edition two years
before his canonization in 1925.
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In Sinu Jesus: When Heart Speaks to Heart: The Journal of
a Priest at Prayer by A
Benedictine Monk $28.25
“It is my fervent hope that In Sinu Jesu will inspire many to be ever
more ardent adorers of the Eucharistic Face of Jesus.”—Cardinal Burke
Also available: The Chaplet of Reparation and Other
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In 2007, Our Lord and Our Lady began to speak to the heart of a monk in
the silence of adoration. He was prompted to write down what he received,
and thus was born In Sinu Jesu, whose pages shine with an intense
luminosity and heart-warming fervour that speak directly to the inner and
outer needs of our time with a unique power to console and challenge. The
pages of this remarkable record of spiritual communication range across,
and plunge into, many fundamental aspects of the spiritual life: loving
and being loved by God; the practice of prayer in all its dimensions; the
unique power of Eucharistic adoration; trustful surrender to divine
providence; the homage of silence; the dignity of liturgical prayer and
the sacraments; the mystery of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass; priestly
identity and apostolic fruitfulness; the role of the Blessed Virgin Mary
and the saints in our lives; sin, suffering, mercy, healing, and
purification; the longing for heaven and the longed-for renewal of the
Catholic Church on earth.
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Anthony Esolen, professor at Providence College uses moral, theological,
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revolutions in law, public policy, and sexual morality.
Also: The Wisdom of Nazareth: Stories of Catholic Family Life
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Come to Jesus in the Blessed Eucharist
Do you desire many
blessings from God?
Do you desire healing for yourself, or for a loved one -
whether physical, emotional, psychological, moral, or spiritual?
Do you desire to help in the purification of the Church?
Do you desire special graces for your family members?
Do you desire to console Jesus and to make reparation for
the sins of the world?
Do you desire to praise and thank Jesus for all He has
done for us and for you personally?
Do you desire to spend time with Jesus so that you may
grow in love of Him?
Do you desire a foretaste of the joy and peace of heaven?
Do you desire to be close to your deceased loved ones?
Do you just desire to rest awhile?
Do you desire to grow in personal holiness? In faith, hope
Saint Teresa of Calcutta and
with exposition needs a great push...
People ask me: 'What will … save the world?' My answer is prayer. What
we need is for every parish to come before Jesus in the Blessed
Sacrament in Holy Hours of prayer."
"Through Mary the cause of our joy you discover that no where on earth
are you more welcomed, no where are you more loved, than by Jesus, living and truly present in the Most
Blessed Sacrament...He is really there in Person waiting just for you."
"When you look at the
crucifix you understand how much Jesus loved you then. When you look at
the Sacred Host you understand how much Jesus loves you
"It was not until
1973, when we began our daily Holy Hour, that our community started to
grow and blossom... In our congregation, we used to have adoration once
a week for one hour, and then in 1973, we decided to have adoration one
hour each day. We have much work to do. Our homes for the sick and
dying destitute are full everywhere. And from the time we started
having adoration every day, our love for Jesus became more intimate,
our love for each other more understanding, our love for the poor more
compassionate, and we have double the number of vocations. God has
blessed us with many wonderful vocations. The time we spend in having
our daily audience with God is the most precious part of the whole day."
From: 2007-2016 Messages of Our Lord to a Benedictine monk
about Eucharistic Adoration
Tuesday March 2 2010.
"I am alive in the
Sacrament of My love and, at every moment, divinely active, doing from
My place upon the altar all that I did during My sojourn on earth. From
the Sacrament of My love I heal the sick, I give sight to the blind, I
cause the lame to walk, the deaf to hear, and the mute to speak. I am
the healer of souls and bodies. Those who approach Me in faith will not
be sent away empty-handed. Those who come to Me trusting in My
Eucharistic love will experience its healing power."
Thursday August 26 2010.
"Where there is faith
in My real presence, there will be adoration; and where there is
adoration, there will also be an efficacious radiance of My presence,
drawing souls to My Eucharistic Heart and surrounding them, even at a
distance, with the healing influence of My Eucharistic Face.
In those places where I am
exposed upon the altar to receive the adoration, the reparation, and
the companionship of My friends - and, first of all, of My priests - My
radiance is powerful and strong. Faith, adoration, and love act as
receptors; thus is My power drawn out and made effective, invisibly but
really, in space and time. It was the same with My sacred humanity
during My life on earth: the faith and love of My friends drew out the
virtue of My divinity, and an invisible radiance acted in souls and
upon them, bringing healing, holiness, and many graces of conversion.
When I am adored in a
place, My hidden action upon souls is wonderfully increased. The place
where I am adored becomes a radiant centre from which love, life, and
light are diffused in a world in the grip of hatred, darkness, and
Chapels of adoration are
not mere refuges for the devout. They are the radiant, pulsating
centres of an intense divine activity that goes beyond the walls of the
place where I am adored to penetrate homes, and schools, and hospitals;
to reach even those dark and cold places wherein souls are enslaved to
Satan; to penetrate hearts, heal the infirm, and call home those who
have wandered far from Me.
For these reasons, the work
of perpetual adoration, or even of prolonged daily adoration, is
intensely apostolic and supernaturally efficacious..."
From: In Sinu Jesu: When
Heart Speaks to Heart-The Journal of a Priest at Prayer By a
Benedictine Monk. Angelico Press, U.S.A., 2016
Pope Saint John Paul II
"The worship of the Eucharist outside of the
Mass is of inestimable
value for the life of the Church... It is pleasant to spend time with
him, to lie close to his breast like the Beloved Disciple (cf Jn 13:25)
and to feel the infinite love present in his heart...
St Alphonsus Ligouri wrote: "Of all devotions, that of adoring Jesus in
the Blessed Sacrament is the greatest after the sacraments, the one
dearest to God and the one most helpful to us."
Pope Benedict XVI
"An intrinsic connection exists between celebration
and adoration. In
fact, Holy Mass is in itself the Church's greatest act of adoration:
"No one eats of this flesh", as St Augustine writes,
"without having first adored it"."
Holy Mass prolongs and intensifies
what has taken place in the liturgical celebration and makes a true and
profound reception of Christ possible.
"I rejoice to see that
discovering the beauty of adoration, both privately and in groups. I
ask priests to encourage these youth groups in their adoration, but
also to guide them, to ensure that the form of their community adoration
is always appropriate and dignified and that they allow sufficient time
for silence and listening to the Word of God.
"In life today, often
noisy and dispersive, it is more important than ever to recover the capacity for inner silence and
adoration permits this not only centred on the "I" but more
so in the company of that "You" full of love who is Jesus
Christ, "the God who is near to us".
"May the Virgin Mary,
the Woman of the Eucharist, introduce us into the secret of true adoration."
(June 10 2007)
Twelve Reasons from the Teachings of the Church for Wanting to Spend One Hour with Jesus in the Blessed
You are greatly needed!
"The Church and the
world have a great need of Eucharistic adoration." (Pope John Paul
II, Dominicae Cenae)
This is a personal
invitation to you from Jesus.
"Jesus waits for us in
this Sacrament of Love." (JP II, Dominicae Cenae)
Jesus is counting on you,
because the Eucharist is the centre of life.
"Every member of the
Church must be vigilant in seeing that the Sacrament of Love shall be
at the centre of the life of the People of God, so that through all the
manifestations of worship due Him shall be given back 'love for love'
and truly become the life of our souls." (JP II, Redemptor Hominis)
Your Hour with Jesus in the
Blessed Sacrament will make reparation for evils of the world and bring
about peace on earth.
"Let us be generous
with our time in going to meet Jesus and be ready to make reparation
for the great evils of the world. Let your adoration never cease."
(JP II, Dominicae Cenae)
Day and night Jesus dwells
in the Blessed Sacrament because you are the most important person in
the world to Him!
"The Eucharist is
reserved in the churches as in the spiritual centre of a parish, yes,
of the universal Church and of all of humanity, since beneath the
appearance of the species, Christ is contained, the invisible Head of
the Church, the Redeemer of the World, the Centre of all hearts, by
whom all things are and by whom we exist." (Pope Paul VI, Mysterium Fidei)
Jesus wants you to do more
than to go to Mass on Sunday.
"Our communal worship
at Mass must go together with our personal worship of Jesus in
Eucharistic adoration in order that our love may be complete." (JP
II, Redemptor Hominis)
grow spiritually with each moment you spend with Jesus!
commitment in life is to preserve and advance constantly in Eucharistic
life and Eucharistic piety and to grow spiritually in the climate of
the Holy Eucharist." (JP II, Redemptor
The best time you spend on
earth is with Jesus, your Best Friend, in the Blessed Sacrament!
"How great is the
value of conversation with Christ in the Blessed Sacrament, for there
is nothing more consoling on earth, nothing more efficacious for
advancing along the road of holiness!" (Paul VI, Mysterium Fidei)
Just as you can't be
exposed to the sun without receiving its rays, neither can you come to
Jesus exposed in the Blessed Sacrament without receiving the divine
rays of His grace, His love, His peace.
"Christ is truly the
Emmanuel, that is, God with us, day and night, He is in our midst. He
dwells with us full of grace and truth. He restores morality, nourishes
virtue, consoles the afflicted, strengthens the weak." (Paul VI, Mysterium Fidei)
If Jesus were actually
visible in church, everyone would run to welcome Him, but He remains
hidden in the Sacred Host under the appearance of bread, because He is
calling us to faith, that we may come to Him in humility.
"The Blessed Sacrament
is the 'Living Heart' of each of our churches and it is our very sweet
duty to honour and adore the Blessed Host, which our eyes see, the
Incarnate Word, whom they cannot see."(Paul VI, Credo of the People of God.)
With transforming mercy,
Jesus makes our heart one with His.
"He proposes His own
example to those who come to Him, that all may learn to be like
Himself, gentle and humble of heart, and to seek not their own
interest, but those of God." (Paul
VI, Mysterium Fidei)
If the Pope himself would
give you a special invitation to visit him in the Vatican, this honour
would be nothing in comparison to the honour and dignity that Jesus
Himself bestows upon you with the invitation of spending one hour with
Him in the Blessed Sacrament.
"The divine Eucharist
bestows upon the Christian people the incomparable dignity." (Paul
VI, Mysterium Fidei)
Twelve Biblical Reasons for Wanting to Spend One
with Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament
He is really there!
"I myself am the
living Bread come down from heaven." (John 6:35)
Day and night Jesus dwells
in the Blessed Sacrament because of His infinite love for you!
"Behold, I will be
with you always, even to the end of the world" because "I
have loved you with an everlasting love, and constant is My affection
for you." (Mt 28:20; Jer 31:3)
The specific way that Jesus
asks you to love Him in return is to spend one quiet hour with Him in
the Blessed Sacrament.
"Where your treasure
is, there is your heart..." "Could you not watch one hour
with Me?" (Mt 6:21; 26:40)
When you look upon the
Sacred Host, you look upon Jesus, the Son of God.
"Indeed, this is the
will of My Father, that everyone who looks upon the Son and believes in
Him shall have eternal life. Him I will raise up on the last day."
Each moment that you spend
in His Eucharistic Presence will increase His divine life within you
and deepen your personal relationship and friendship with Him.
“I have come that you have
life, and have it more abundantly.” “I am the vine and you are the
branches. Whoever remains in Me and I in him shall bear much fruit
because without Me you can do nothing.” (Jn 15:5)
hour you spend with Jesus will deepen His divine peace in your heart.
"Come to Me, all of
you who are weary and find life burdensome, and I will refresh
you..." "Cast all of your anxieties upon the One who cares
for you." "My peace is My gift to you." (Mt 11:28; 1 Pt
5:7; Jn 14:17.)
Jesus will give you all the
graces you need to be happy!
'The Lamb on the throne
will shepherd them. He will lead them to the springs of life-giving
water." (Rev 7:17.)
Jesus is infinitely
deserving of our unceasing thanksgiving and adoration for all He has
done for our salvation.
"Worthy is the Lamb
that was slain to receive honour, glory and praise." (Rev 5:12)
For peace in our country!
"When My people humble
themselves and seek My presence...I will revive their land." (2
Each hour you spend with
Jesus on earth will leave your soul everlastingly more beautiful and
glorious in heaven!
'They who humble themselves
shall be exalted..." "All of us, gazing on the Lord's glory
with unveiled faces, are being transformed from glory to glory into His
very image." (Lk 18:14; 2 Cor 3: 18)
Jesus will bless you, your
family and the whole world for this hour of faith you spend with Him in
the Blessed Sacrament.
"Blessed are they who
do not see and yet believe..." "Faith can move
mountains..." "What is needed is trust..." "Behold,
I come to make all things new." (Jn 20:29; Mk 11: 23; Mk 5: 36;
Each moment you spend with
Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament brings joy, pleasure, and delight to His
"My joy, My pleasure,
my delight is to be with you." (Prov 8:31.)
Catechist Consultants — 31st May, 2018 — HANDOUTS n. 163
MORE AND MORE,
governments simply assume they can remake morality and disregard
natural morality, which is natural law, natural moral law.
This is a
grievous error and a great evil.
of GOOD and EVIL
become good because governments say so?” Not necessarily so!
governments say so because it is good?” i.e. good in itself and in the
GOOD versus EVIL,
TRUTH versus ERROR
Similarly, “Is it
true because the Church says so?” OR
“Does the Church
say so because it is true?” Yes
since the ‘true’
and the ‘good’ flow from God’s nature and God reveals these things
through His creation AND through His New Creation, His Holy Catholic Church, an ‘extension’
of the Incarnate Son of God guided by the Holy Spirit.
LIMITED SCOPE of
“Is it lawful to
pay taxes to Caesar, or not?” But Jesus, aware of their malice, said,
“Why put me to the test, you hypocrites? Show me the money for the
tax.” And they brought him a
com. And Jesus said to
them, “Whose likeness and inscription is this?” They said, “Caesar’s.”
Then he said to them, “Render
therefore to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things
that are God’s.”
LIMITED SCOPE of
— authority to
teach but not to change the Gospel
governments cannot rewrite God’s natural morality, neither can bishops
and higher authority in the Church rewrite Christ’s Gospel or teach a
Gospel contrary to Tradition, Scripture and Magisterium.
THERE IS BUT ONE
GOSPEL, says St Paul, so there cannot be a “New Paradigm”
...bear with me
in a little foolishness. For if someone comes and preaches another
Jesus titan the one we preached, or if you receive a different spirit
front the one you received, or if you accept a different gospel front the one you accepted, you submit to
it readily enough.
2 Corinthians 11:1,4
Again 1 am
astonished that you are so quickly deserting him who called you in the
grace of Christ and turning to a
different gospel — not that
there is another gospel, but there are some who double you and want to pervert the gospel of Christ. But even if we, or an angel from heaven,
should preach to you a gospel contrary to that which we preached to
you, let him be accursed. As we have said before, so now I say again,
if any one is preaching to you a gospel contrary to that which you
received, let him be accursed.
BE WARNED — it is
happened now, in 2018
...for I did not
shrink front declaring to you the whole counsel of God. Take heed to
yourselves and to all the flock, in which the Holy Spirit has made you
overseers, to care for the church of God which he obtained with the
blood of his own Son. I know that after my departure fierce wolves will come in among you, not
sparing the flock; and from among your own selves will arise men speaking perverse things,
to draw away the disciples after them.
For if the
trumpet give an uncertain sound, who shall prepare himself to the
1 Corinthians 14:8 (KJV)
You have some
there who hold the teaching of Balaam, who taught Balak to put a
stumbling block before the sons of Israel, that they might eat food
sacrificed to idols and practice immorality.
Apocalypse 2:14; cf. Numbers 22-24
But I have this
against you, that you tolerate the woman Jezebel, who calls herself a
prophetess and is teaching and beguiling nty servants to practise
immorality and to eat food sacrificed to idols.
Apocalypse 2:20; cf. Jezebel in I Kings 19:1-2;
held in trustby the Church
O Timothy, guard
what has been entrusted to you.
Avoid the godless
chatter and contradictions of what is falsely called knowledge.
1 Timothy 6:20 (cf. 1 Tim 1:11; 2 Tim 1:12,14; Titus
Beware of false
prophets who prophesy lies
Then a spirit
came forward and stood before the Lord, saying, “I will entice him [the king of
Israel]”. And the Lord .said to him, ‘By what means?” And he
said, “I will go forth, and
will be a lying spirit in the mouth of all his prophets.”
1 Kings 22:21-23
My hand will be
against die prophets who see delusive visions and who give
divinations... Because, yea, because they have misled my people, saying, “Peace”, when there is no peace...
Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing but
inwardly are ravenous
False Christs and
false prophets will arise and show great signs and wonders, so as to
lead astray, if possible, even the elect.
also arose among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Master who bought them,
bringing upon themselves swift destruction.
2 Peter 2:1
Beloved, do not
believe every spirit, but test
the spirits to see whether they are of God; for many false prophets have gone out into
1 John 4:1
True Development of Gospel Doctrine and Good Government
of gospel doctrine
THE FAITHFUL are entitled to the truths of the faith in their
entirety and integrity. The new evangelization aims at this for all the
The new paradigm
does not. The Church cannot
re-interpret the Gospel to suit the modern world, nor call that new
interpretation a ‘development of doctrine’.
St Vincent de
Lerins (450) gave a test for a true Catholic development of doctrine: Quod semper, quod ubique, quod ab omnibus
creditum est,“What has been believed always,
everywhere and by all”:
Is there to be no
development of doctrine in Christ’s Church? Certainly there should be
great development. Who would be so grudging towards his fellow-men and
so hostile to God as to try to prevent it? But care should be taken to
ensure that it really is
development of the faith and not alteration. Development implies that each point of
doctrine is expanded within itself, while alteration suggests that a
thing has been changed from what it was into something different.
But it must be
growth within the limits of its own nature, that is to say within the
framework of the same dogma and of the same meaning.
which is of the spirit, imitate
the processes of the body. For,
although bodies develop over the years and their individual parts
evolve, they do not change into something different. It is true that
there is a great gap between the prune of youth and the maturity of
later years, but the people who reach these later years are the same
people who were once adolescents. So, although the size and outward
appearance of any individual may change, it is still the same person,
and the nature remains the same.
But if the human
form is changed into some shape that is not of its own kind, or at
least something is added or taken away from the full complement of its
members, then the whole body must perish or become a monster or at
least be weakened in some way.
It is fitting,
then, that Christian
doctrine too should follow these laws of development, so that with the passage of years it may
be strengthened, with time it may make progress and with age it may
achieve greater profundity. Long ago our ancestors sowed the seeds of
the faith in the field of the Church. It would be quite incongruous mid
wrong if their descendents were to reap the weeds of error in place of
the harvest of truth.
Quoted from The Divine Officevol.
Ill, Friday Week 27, p. 626.
See Blessed John
Henry Newman, The
Development of Christian Doctrine, his convert’s act of faith in 1845.
to harmonize society.
ourselves, relationships between persons and countries always seem to
degenerate into acrimony.
legislate finer details of natural rights. They never try to legalize
Rights and duties
are not just anything we like. They are built into our nature as moral
is responsible to its citizens.
It is reasonable
to hold that governments get their authority to govern from God, via
the people. Persons are made in the image of God (Genesis 1:26-27) and
get rights directly from their Creator. Each person has dignity, duties
and destiny. These are the ultimate source of natural human rights and
Such a philosophy
is at least a workable
hypothesis as judged by
Scientific Method, and sometimes even accepted by atheists.
hypotheses must find another source of authority. Whence comes a right
to elect governments? Where do voters get authority to replace it?
cannot just legislate anything they like. Religion and morals (or even
some dwindling moral capital lingering after their abandonment) empower
people collectively to govern themselves and, incidentally, to escape
being choked with pettyfogging laws.
on which democracy depends are beyond the whims of governments. They
includes the human rights and duties which guard life, marriage,
property and truth, by forbidding murder, adultery, theft and lies. Not
even democratic governments can change such rights and duties, nor make
the biological facts about unhealthy acts into healthy acts, or change
wrong into right.
operate on principles
THE principle of subsidiarity is a
social right since a
government in a society exists for the sake of persons, not persons for
the sake of government. A government must help persons and smaller
societies to function (only usurping them as a last resort) so that
they enjoy freedom and rights, and share in the common good.
means being supportive. It is not the same as subsidiary, which
means being subordinate.
The PRINCIPLE OF SOLIDARITY is a complementary principle, a social duty. Every person and smaller society has a duty to make society work by
accepting its laws — laws that contribute to the common good supportive
of persons, and persons subordinating themselves to the common good,
i.e. to natural rights and duties. Solidarity implies that some
subordination will be necessary. Personal freedom and social order are
ensured by a proper balance between subsidiarity and solidarity, so
that the common good is upheld.
speaking, subsidiarity is “all for one”, and solidarity is “one for
is ignored, a false emphasis on solidarity leads to socialism —
socialization is only justifiable as a last resort — and to
totalitarianism, either fascism or communism. If solidarity is ignored,
a false emphasis on subsidiarity leads to individualism or to an
unsound capitalism, and a trampling on natural rights.
The function of
the State’s authority is to protect individuals and to foster family
life, but not to absorb them nor partly substitute itself for them.
I believe in God,
the Father Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth,
and in Jesus
His only Son, Our
Who was conceived
by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary,
died and was buried; He descended into hell; on the third day He rose
again from the dead;
He ascended into
Heaven, and is seated at the right hand of God the Father Almighty;
from there He will
come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the
the holy Catholic
Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the
resurrection of the body,
2. Who is God?
God is the Holy
One, the Creator Who made all things from nothing,
Awesome and Wondrous, the Supreme Being, the Supreme Spirit,
ITALICS means an ADD-ON to the first part of the answer.
3. How is God the
God is the Blessed
one God in Three
the Father &
the Son & the Holy Spirit.
4. Who are angels?
Angels are spirit
God made to adore
Him in Heaven; some led by
Lucifer rebelled and became Satan and devils in Hell.
5. Who is man?
Man is a creature
of God with a soul made in His image, with memory, mind and will, responsible to God for
his actions, and with a body procreated by parents.
6. Why did God
God made us to
know, love and serve Him here on earth and to see and enjoy Him forever
7. Why are we born
in Original Sin?
We are born in
without grace and
the special favours
because Adam and
Eve ate the forbidden fruit and
disobeyed God out of pride when the serpent Satan tempted them.
8. Who is Jesus
Jesus Christ is
true God and true man, Our Lord and Saviour, the Son of God, Who became the Son of the
Blessed Virgin Mary.
9. Why did Jesus
Christ die in agony on the cross?
Jesus Christ died
in agony on the cross
to take away all
by offering His
life, His Body and Blood in sacrifice to His Father.
10. Did Jesus
Christ really rise from the dead?
really rose from the dead: the stone was rolled back and the tomb was
empty; the Apostles and holy women saw Him, spoke with Him, touched Him
and ate with Him.
11. What happened
at the Ascension?
At the Ascension,
Jesus Christ entered Heaven in His glorified body and sits at the right hand of the Father from Whom He
sends the Holy Spirit.
12. What happened
At Pentecost, the
Apostles were filled with the Holy Spirit
shown by a mighty
wind, tongues of fire and foreign languages, to begin the work of
13. Who is the
The Church is
of the baptized
disciples of Jesus Christ which He founded
on His Apostles and on Mary, His Mother and ours.
14. Who is the
The Pope is the
Bishop of Rome, the successor of Saint Peter, and the Vicar of Jesus
THE FOUR LAST
15. What happens
At death, bodies
die and souls go to God for Judgement:those with perfect
charity, to Heaven; those imperfect in charity, to Purgatory; those in
mortal sin, to Hell.
16. What is
Heaven is where
God reveals His glory to the angels and Saints who enjoy the greatest happiness of
seeing Him face to face forever. PURGATORY
17. What happens
In Purgatory souls
of the effects of
their sinsand made perfect for Heaven, helped by our Masses,
merits, indulgences and prayers.
18. What is Hell?
Hell is where the
Devil and his angels and all who die in mortal sin suffer in the
greatest pain the loss of God for ever.
THE SECOND COMING
19. What will
happen at the Second Coming of Jesus Christ?
At His Second
Coming Jesus Christ will raise up our bodiesfor the General Judgement and life-everlasting.
Part 2: THE
20. What is the
The Liturgy is the
public worship of God through Jesus
Christ the Priest in His Mystical Body, the Church. SACRAMENTS ‘DO WHAT THEY SAY’
21. What is a
A Sacrament is a
bodily sign instituted by Jesus Christ to give grace,
to build up His
Church and give worship to God.
Sacraments did Jesus Christ give us?
Jesus Christ gave
us seven Sacraments:
Confirmation and Holy Eucharist;
Anointing of the Sick;
Holy Orders and
23. What happens
At Baptism, the
priest (or other minister) pours water on the person’s head, saying, “[Name], I baptize you in the
Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit”.
24. What does
Baptism do ?
all sins, original and personal, and gives us sanctifying grace;it makes us
members of Christ’s Church with His indelible mark of ‘Christian’ on
25. What happens
at Confirmation ?
the Bishop (or priest), to make us like the apostles, anoints the
forehead with chrism
by ‘laying on’ his
hand saying, “[Name], besealed with the Gift of the Holy Spirit”.
HOLY MASS — HOLY
26. What happens
At Mass, we hear
the Word of God and join in the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, and, when
properly prepared, I receive Him in Holy Communion.
27. What is the
The Real Presence
is Jesus Christ in the Holy Eucharist, Body and Blood, Soul and
Divinity under appearances of bread and wine. By
transubstantiation He is ‘contained’, offered and received.
28. What happens
at your Confession?
At Confession, I accuse myself of my sins
accept a penance,
express my sorrow,
and the priest
saying, “I absolve
you from your sins
in the name of the
and of the Son and
of the Holy Spirit”.
ANOINTING OF THE
29. What happens
at the Anointing of the Sick?
At the Anointing
of the Sick the priest puts blessed oil on the forehead and hands of
someone seriously ill — for the complete healing of the soul and
sometimes of the body.
HOLY ORDERS BY
30. What is Holy
Holy Orders makes
men priests with power to preach and offer Mass, hear Confessions and
Anoint the Sick, and take spiritual care of the faithful.
31. What is
Matrimony makes a
man and woman husband and wife until death,
for love, children
It is like the
covenant between Christ and His Church.
Part 3: LIVING IN
32. What is life
in Jesus Christ?
Life in Jesus
Christ is living in His grace
in a personal covenant with Him: by prayers and sacraments, virtues and
33. What are
Virtues are good
habits built up by repetition and powers God gives with grace.
34. What is sin?
Sin is any wilful
thought, word, deed or omission against the Law of God.
If there is
‘serious matter’, full knowledge and full consent it is mortal sin.
35. What is
is God’s free gift to make us holy and pleasing to Him: by it He makes His home in our souls, shares His
Divine Life with us and heals us of sin.
36. Say God’s Ten
1. I am the Lord Thy God: thou shalt not have strange gods before Me.
2. Thou shalt not
take the Name of the Lord thy God in vain.
3. Remember to
keep holy the Lord’s Day.
4. Honour thy
father mid thy mother.
5. Thou shalt not
6. Thou shalt not
7. Thou shalt not
8. Thou shalt not
bear false witness against thy neighbour.
9. Thou shalt not
covet thy neighbour’s wife.
10.Thou shalt not
covet thy neighbour’s goods.
THOU SHALT LOVE
THE LORD THY GOD (lst-3rd)
37. How do we keep
the 1st Commandment?
We keep the 1st Commandment by adoring God alone through
faith, hope and charity; and saying ‘no’
to atheism and idolatry, sacrilege, Satanism, self-worship, simony,
sorcery and superstition.
GOD’S HOLY NAME
38. How do we keep
the 2nd Commandment?
We keep the 2nd Commandment by hallowing God’s Name and honouring
oaths and vows, and avoiding perjury, blasphemy
GOD’S HOLY DAYS
39. How do we keep
the 3rd Commandment?
We keep the 3rd Commandment by taking part in Mass and resting from
unnecessary work on Sundays and holydays.
THOU SHALT LOVE
THY NEIGHBOUR AS THYSELF (4th- 10th)
40. How do we keep
the 4th Commandment?
We keep the 4lh Commandment by honouring and obeying our
parents and all lawful
authority; and, when we are parents, by loving and caring for our
RESPECT FOR LIFE
41. How do we keep
the 5th Commandment?
We keep the 5th Commandment by protecting human life and health, and
avoiding anger, hate and injury, murder and suicide, euthanasia and
abortion, and getting drunk or drugged.
42. How do we keep
the 6th Commandment?
We keep the 6th Commandment by keeping the wedding vows, by purity
in what we do and say, by modesty in dress, and by not abusing
the God-given powers to have children.
43. How do we keep
the 7th Commandment?
We keep the 7th Commandment by honouringother
people’s ownership of things, and
not stealing or damaging public or private property.
44. How do we keep
the 8th Commandment?
We keep the 8th Commandment by telling the truth mid not telling lies, not
gossiping about the faults of others, or making rash judgements.
45. How do we keep
the thl Commandment?
We keep the 9'h Commandment by purity in thought and modesty in what
we look at
46. How do we keep
the 10th Commandment?
We keep the 10th
Commandment by mastering our desires, working for
our wants, and avoiding greed and envy.
4: CHRISTIAN PRAYER JESUS CHRIST TAUGHT US
47. Say the Lord’s
Our Father, Who
art in Heaven: hallowed be Thy Name;
Thy Kingdom come;
Thy Will be done,
on earth, as it is in Heaven.
Give us this day
our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who
trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation; but deliver us
48. Say the
Hail, Mary, full
of grace, the Lord is with thee; blessed art thou among women and
blessed is the fruit
of thy womb,
Holy Mary, Mother
pray for us
now and at the
hour of our death.
49. What is
Prayer is raising
our minds and hearts to God, especially in a Morning Offering, and
bedtime thanks and sorrow.
50. What does
‘Amen’ means “so
The content of the 50 Q&As is based on the 500
Q&As in die CFC Apostles'
Edition II with a simplicity inspired by the success of the Bush
Catechism with its 50 Q&As.
The Australian Bush Catechism of Camping
"Now, it is
written — though few be that are wise enough to read before the
punishment comes for disobedience — that the wilderness has rules of
her own. To follow these without question is to be safe. To violate
them is to invite the inevitable.” Northern
Lights, Alan Sullivan
QUESTION: What is in the camping catechism?
camping catechism offers us FACTS, DOs AND DON’Ts, clear, brief and
easily learnt with rhyme, rhythm and sense-lines.
1. What do we need
to survive in the bush?
To survive in the
bush we need water and food, clothing and shelter.
2. Where do we
We find water in
creeks, springs, and water roots of trees; by digging wells, and by
condensation on plastic.
3. How do we
purify polluted water?
We purify polluted
water by boiling it to make tea or with water-purification tablets.
4. Describe good
Good camping food
is nutritious, cheap to buy, light to carry, easy to package, prepare
and wash up.
5. What are bush
clothes and what do they achieve?
Bush clothes are
(working down from head to toes) hat, shirt, shorts, socks and boots. They have
modesty and dignity, and suit work and weather and honour others.
6. What are hats
Hats are for
keeping off the sun, rain, cold, falling sticks and stones; for fanning
fires, carrying water, and charging head-down through the scrub.
7. Of what should
our clothes be made?
Our clothes should
be made of cotton, not polyester, but wool for cold, wet and windy
8. Describe good
Good boots are
light and tough, grip the ground, fit the foot, and easy to lace and
9. What other
clothes do we need?
Other clothes we
need are raincoat, woollen jumper and swimming costume.
10. When do we
wear long trousers?
We wear long
trousers and even over-pants in cold and windy weather, and scratchy
11. What if
clothes get dirty, wet or torn?
If clothes get
dirty, we wash them; wet, we dry them; torn, we mend them.
12. What is basic
personal gear ?
gear is a knapsack, sleeping bag (or blanket), toothbrush, mug, dixie
and spoon (and shaving gear).
13. What are
Pockets are for
handkerchief, pocket knife, matches, string and Rosary Beads.
14. What are
for blowing noses, mopping faces, drying hands, holding hot handles,
and bush baths and bandages.
15. Describe a
good pocket knife.
A good pocket
knife has a big blade with a keen edge but no dagger point, a
marlinespike, tin opener, and screwdriver.
16. What use is a
A staff is an
extra leg on steep slopes, an extension arm for pointing at things and rescuing people from
drowning in water or quicksand, and a weapon for defending the
17. What extra
items must the leader bring?
The extra items
the leader must bring are a First Aid Kit, rope and torch, map and
compass, watch and whistle.
18. Describe a
A good knot does
not slip or jam.
19. What lights do
we need at night?
The lights we need
at night are hand-held or headband LED torches.
FIRST AID KIT
20. What items
should the First Aid Kit have?
The First Aid Kit
should have 2 crepe or pressure bandages, 12 band aids, a tube of
Betadine Cream, and phials of ammonia and tea tree oil.
21. What are crepe
or pressure bandages for?
Crepe or pressure
bandages are for binding up bleeding, broken bones, sprains and snakebite (pressure bandages best for snakebite).
21. What is
Betadine Cream for?
Betadine Cream is
antiseptic for cuts, grazes, scalds, burns and blisters.
22. What is
Ammonia is an
antidote for bull ant bites and bee stings.
23. What is
tea-tree oil for?
Tea-tree oil is
for fly and mosquito bites and to soothe cuts and inflamed skin.
25 What group gear
do we need?
The group gear we
need is cooking gear, cleaning gear and a tent.
26. What is group
Group cooking gear
is enough billy cans and dixies to cook the food on the menu.
27. What is group
gear is soap, scourer (i.e. pot mit), toilet paper and toothpaste.
28. How do we
sleep warm and dry?
We sleep warm and
dry using a tent or cave, or a gunyah of bark or branches.
29. Describe a
A good tent is
rain-proof, roomy enough, light-weight, and needs a floor or
groundsheet. It may also need a fly.
30. Describe a
A good campsite
has level grassy ground, no branches overhead, and is out of the wind
and above the flood, with wood and water handy.
31. How do we.
light a fire in the rain?
We light a fire in
the rain using dry kindling and graded fuel, with a hat to keep the
rain off, and fan it to a blaze.
32. Describe, dry
Dry kindling is
tiny sticks which point upwards, or stringy bark or turpentine bark
rubbed into bull’s wool.
33. What is camp
Camp hygiene is
washing and latrines:
wash hands with
soap and water
before meals and
after using toilet paper;
wash up utensils
in hot soapy water
and clean teeth
wash face and
hands on rising,
and, on long
camps, have bush baths.
34. What is a
A latrine is a
bush toilet, a hole, dug with boot, stick or tool, well away from creek
Bury manure and
toilet paper, then wash hands.
35. What is a bush
A bush bath is
sponging the body all over with hanky, hot water and soap, rinsing
well-away from waterways, and a cold plunge in the creek.
36. What does
rubbish disposal mean?
means that any plastic, tins or glass are taken home, food scraps
buried, but paper may be burnt.
THE LEADER AND
37. What is
essential for bush safety and happiness ?
Good discipline is
essential for bush safety
38. What are the
two rules for good discipline?
The two rules for
good discipline are ‘Answer properly when you’re spoken to’ and ‘Obey,
39. What must a
good leader be like?
A good leader must
be both friendly and strict, control the group and look after them,
tutor them to look after each other, prevent accidents by Safety First,
be able to give First Aid, and find the way there and back.
40. What is the
leader’s duty before setting out?
out, the leader’s duty is to plan out everything and check the gear;
leave every family with written directions of where the party is going,
when they’ll be back and whom to contact if overdue.
THE SEVEN DEADLY
41. What are the
Seven Deadly Dangers which lead to death in the bush?
The Seven Deadly
Dangers which lead to death in the bush are getting lost; getting
drowned; violent collisions; snakebite; burns; dehydration, heat
exhaustion, hyperthermia; and hypothermia.
42. How do we
avoid getting lost?
We avoid getting
lost by obeying the leader, not splitting-up the party, navigating by
creeks and ridges, map and compass, sun and stars, and GPS.
43. How do we
We avoid drowning
not trying to
cross flooded rivers,
not swimming in
cold or muddy water,
not after eating
or for too long at a time,
not diving because
of rocks, snags or weeds,
not bombing and
breaking people’s necks,
keeping to shallow
and having a
44. What are
are falling over cliffs, or being hit by falling rocks or limbs from
45. How do we
avoid snake bite and spider bite?
We avoid snake
bite and spider bite by wearing boots at all times, watching where
we’re walking, not distracting the man in front and using a torch at
46. What is the
First Aid for snake or spider bite?
The First Aid for
snake and spider bite is bandages, pressure or crepe, bound as tight as for sprains
from thigh to toe or shoulder to finger; next immobilize leg in splints or
arm in sling, re-assure the victim, treat for shock and carry him to hospital.
compress red-back bite — it’s too painful)
47. How do we
avoid burns and scalds?
We avoid burns and
scalds by not fooling with fire, and never passing hot things over
48. What is the
First Aid for burns?
The First Aid for
minor burns is to immerse them in icy water; but for major burns to
cover them with a clean wet cloth, treat for shock and get a doctor.
October and March, do the bushfire regulations allow cooking fires?
and March, except during a Total Fire Ban, the bushfire regulations
allow cooking fires if cleared around for 3 metres with an adult, or in
a permanently constructed fire place cleared around for 2 metres.
50. Recite the
seven points on the Camping Checklist.
1. Food: three proper meals a day.
2. Drink: tanking
up with lots of tea.
protection and modesty.
4. Shelter: tents
or caves or gunyahs.
5. First Aid: for
the wounded and sick.
6. Safety First:
7. Hygiene: wash
body; bury manure and scraps.
The Bush Boys series are adventure
stories that grew out of The ABC of Camping as a “life-situational
catechesis”:- Bush Boys and Cuthbert (2books in 1
volume); Bush Boys and Bush Rangers; Bush Boys on the Move;
New Boys in the Bush; Squiggles and Squinter; New Boys
Go Bush Again
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