Wednesday, January 30, 2019

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 Calcutta

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Welcome to the Spring 2018 edition of Cardinal Newman Faith Resources Newsletter. Time seems to be flying by. We have been really busy since the building work was completed. We thank you sincerely for your prayers and financial help at this time. Our heartfelt appreciation goes out to the team of wonderful volunteers who scrubbed, cleaned and helped put the fixtures together. Their back-breaking efforts were tremendous. The shelving is now in place and labelled and the time-consuming re-organisation of our materials is progressing.
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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 Eucharistic Adoration.
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 age.
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.

Gai Smith

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Cardinal Burke
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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 and love?
Saint Teresa of Calcutta
Eucharistic Adoration
"Perpetual adoration 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 now."
"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 death.
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
Eucharistic Adoration
"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
Eucharistic Adoration
"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"."
"Adoration outside 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 many young people are 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 recollection. Eucharistic 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 Sacrament
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)
You grow spiritually with each moment you spend with Jesus!
"Our essential 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 Hominis)
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 Hour
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." (Jn 6:40)
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)
Each 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 Chr 7:14.)
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; Rev 21:5.)
Each moment you spend with Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament brings joy, pleasure, and delight to His Sacred Heart!
"My joy, My pleasure, my delight is to be with you." (Prov 8:31.)

Cardinal Newman Catechist Consultants — 31st May, 2018 — HANDOUTS n. 163
“Clear, brief and easily assimilated by all”
Christianity, a Revealed Religion,
— and the status of human thought
Download as a PDF
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.
“Does something become good because governments say so?” Not necessarily so!
“Or do governments say so because it is good?” i.e. good in itself and in the circumstances: Yes.
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.
“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.”
Matthew 22:17-21
— authority to teach but not to change the Gospel
Just as 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.
Galatians 1:6-9
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.
Acts 20:27-30
For if the trumpet give an uncertain sound, who shall prepare himself to the battle?
1 Corinthians 14:8 (KJV)
St John’s visionary revelations
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; 21:1-16
Christ’s Gospel, held in trust by 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 1:3)
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...
Ezekiel 13:9-10
Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves.
Matthew 7:15
False Christs and false prophets will arise and show great signs and wonders, so as to lead astray, if possible, even the elect.
Matthew 24:24
False prophets 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 the world.
1 John 4:1
The True Development of Gospel Doctrine and Good Government
the DEVELOPMENT 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 modern world.
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.
Let religion, 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 Office vol. Ill, Friday Week 27, p. 626.
See Blessed John Henry Newman, The Development of Christian Doctrine, his convert’s act of faith in 1845.
GOVERNMENTS exist to harmonize society.
Left to ourselves, relationships between persons and countries always seem to degenerate into acrimony.
Good governments legislate finer details of natural rights. They never try to legalize immorality.
Rights and duties are not just anything we like. They are built into our nature as moral creatures.
Good government 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 duties.
Such a philosophy is at least a workable hypothesis as judged by Scientific Method, and sometimes even accepted by atheists.
Alternative hypotheses must find another source of authority. Whence comes a right to elect governments? Where do voters get authority to replace it?
Governments 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.
The foundations 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.
Good Governments 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.
Subsidiarity 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.
Practically speaking, subsidiarity is “all for one”, and solidarity is “one for all”.
If subsidiarity 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.
Father James Tierney

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Cardinal Newman Catechist Consultants — 1st June, 2018 — HANDOUTS n. 164
The power of Q&A Catechisms  - “Clear, brief and easily assimilated by all”
Catholic Family Catechism Disciples' Edition II in 50 Questions & Answers
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1. In Whom do you believe?
I believe in God, the Father Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth,
and in Jesus Christ,
His only Son, Our Lord,
Who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, 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 Holy Spirit,
the holy Catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body,
and life everlasting. Amen.
2. Who is God?
God is the Holy One, the Creator Who made all things from nothing,
the Mystery Awesome and Wondrous, the Supreme Being, the Supreme Spirit, All-knowing, All-loving,
Almighty and Eternal.
ITALICS means an ADD-ON to the first part of the answer.
3. How is God the Blessed Trinity?
God is the Blessed Trinity,
one God in Three Persons,
the Father & the Son & the Holy Spirit.
4. Who are angels?
Angels are spirit creatures
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 make us?
God made us to know, love and serve Him here on earth and to see and enjoy Him forever in Heaven.
7. Why are we born in Original Sin?
We are born in Original Sin
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 Christ?
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 sins,
original and personal,
by offering His life, His Body and Blood in sacrifice to His Father.
10. Did Jesus Christ really rise from the dead?
Jesus Christ 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?
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 Christ’s Church.
13. Who is the Church?
The Church is God’s family
of the baptized disciples of Jesus Christ which He founded on His Apostles and on Mary, His Mother and ours.
14. Who is the Pope?
The Pope is the Bishop of Rome, the successor of Saint Peter, and the Vicar of Jesus Christ.
15. What happens at death?
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?
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?
In Purgatory souls are purified
of the effects of their sins and 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.
19. What will happen at the Second Coming of Jesus Christ?
At His Second Coming Jesus Christ will raise up our bodies for the General Judgement and life-everlasting.
20. What is the Liturgy?
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 Sacrament?
A Sacrament is a bodily sign instituted by Jesus Christ to give grace,
to build up His Church and give worship to God.
22. What Sacraments did Jesus Christ give us?
Jesus Christ gave us seven Sacraments:
Baptism, Confirmation and Holy Eucharist;
Penance and Anointing of the Sick;
Holy Orders and Matrimony.
23. What happens at Baptism?
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 ?
Baptism forgives 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 our souls.
25. What happens at Confirmation ?
At Confirmation the Bishop (or priest), to make us like the apostles, anoints the forehead with chrism
by ‘laying on’ his hand saying, “[Name], be sealed with the Gift of the Holy Spirit”.
26. What happens at Mass?
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 Real Presence?
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 forgives me
saying, “I absolve you from your sins
in the name of the Father
and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit”.
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 illfor the complete healing of the soul and sometimes of the body.
30. What is Holy Orders?
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?
Matrimony makes a man and woman husband and wife until death,
for love, children and family.
It is like the covenant between Christ and His Church.
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 good works.
33. What are virtues?
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 sanctifying grace?
Sanctifying grace 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 Commandments:
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 kill.
6. Thou shalt not commit adultery.
7. Thou shalt not steal.
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.
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.
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 and profanity.
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.
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 children.
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 honouring other 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.
47. Say the Lord’s Prayer.
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 from Evil.
48. Say the Angelic Salutation.
Hail, Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee; blessed art thou among women and blessed is the fruit
of thy womb, Jesus.
Holy Mary, Mother of God,
pray for us sinners,
now and at the hour of our death.
49. What is prayer?
Prayer is raising our minds and hearts to God, especially in a Morning Offering, and bedtime thanks and sorrow.
50. What does 'Amen' mean?
‘Amen’ means “so be it”.
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?
ANSWER: The 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 find water?
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 camping food.
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 for?
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 weather.
8. Describe good boots.
Good boots are light and tough, grip the ground, fit the foot, and easy to lace and unlace.
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 scrub.
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 ?
Basic personal gear is a knapsack, sleeping bag (or blanket), toothbrush, mug, dixie and spoon (and shaving gear).
13. What are pockets for?
Pockets are for handkerchief, pocket knife, matches, string and Rosary Beads.
14. What are handkerchiefs for?
Handkerchiefs 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 staff?
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 innocent.
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 good knot.
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.
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 for?
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 cooking gear?
Group cooking gear is enough billy cans and dixies to cook the food on the menu.
27. What is group cleaning gear?
Group cleaning 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 good tent.
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 good campsite.
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 kindling.
Dry kindling is tiny sticks which point upwards, or stringy bark or turpentine bark rubbed into bull’s wool.
33. What is camp hygiene?
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 after eating;
wash face and hands on rising,
and, on long camps, have bush baths.
34. What is a latrine?
A latrine is a bush toilet, a hole, dug with boot, stick or tool, well away from creek and camp.
Bury manure and toilet paper, then wash hands.
35. What is a bush bath ?
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?
Rubbish disposal means that any plastic, tins or glass are taken home, food scraps buried, but paper may be burnt.
37. What is essential for bush safety and happiness ?
Good discipline is essential for bush safety and happiness.
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, straight away’.
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?
Before setting 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.
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 avoid drowning?
We avoid drowning by
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 water
and having a resuscitation officer.
44. What are violent collisions?
Violent collisions are falling over cliffs, or being hit by falling rocks or limbs from trees.
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 night.
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.
(but don’t 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 others.
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.
49. Between October and March, do the bushfire regulations allow cooking fires?
Between October 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.
Camping Checklist:
1. Food: three proper meals a day.
2. Drink: tanking up with lots of tea.
3. Clothing: protection and modesty.
4. Shelter: tents or caves or gunyahs.
5. First Aid: for the wounded and sick.
6. Safety First: avoid accidents.
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 (2 books 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
Father James Tierney

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