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ABSOLUTELY CERTAIN KNOWLEDGE

ABSOLUTELY CERTAIN KNOWLEDGE

The very idea of Christianity in its profession and history… is a definite message from God to man distinctly conveyed by his chosen instruments, and to be received as such a message; and therefore to be positively acknowledged, embraced, and maintained as true, on the ground of its being divine, not as true on intrinsic grounds, not as probably true, or partially true, but as absolutely certain knowledge, certain in a sense in which nothing else can be certain, because it comes from him who can neither deceive nor be deceived.

– From: Bl. John Henry Newman; The certainty of Faith. G. A., 386-87

 

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WHENEVER MONEY AND WORLDLINESS TAKE HOLD OF US WE LOSE OUR IDENTITY AS HUMAN BEINGS

“Whenever material things, money, worldliness, become the centre of our lives, they take hold of us, they possess us; we lose our very identity as human beings.” (Pope Francis)

“Being a catechist is about teaching the faith in its entirety and putting Christ – not oneself – on centre stage, Pope Francis told catechists from around the world.

Catechists ‘are people who keep the memory of God alive; they keep it alive in themselves and they are able to revive it in others,’ he said in his homily.

The Pope spoke during a special Mass in St Peter’s Square for hundreds of catechists who were in Rome for an international congress hosted by the Pontifical Council for Promoting New Evangelisation.

He said a catechist who teaches the faith to be ‘at the service of proclamation, not to be important, not to talk about himself or herself, but to talk about God, about His love and His fidelity.’

They also speak about and ‘transmit all that God has revealed, that is, the doctrine in its totality, neither adding nor subtracting anything’, he said.

THE POPE WARNS AGAINST FORGETTING ABOUT GOD

The Pope warned against forgetting about God. ‘If we don’t think about God, everything ends up being about ‘me’ and my own comfort.’

The real meaning of life, the importance of other people, ‘all of these become unreal, they no longer matter, everything boils down to one thing: having,’ he said.

‘Whenever material things, money, worldliness, become the centre of our lives, they take hold of us, they possess us; we lose our very identity as human beings,’ he said.

He reminded his audience that ‘we are made in God’s image and likeness, not that of material objects, not that of idols.’

In an earlier audience with catechists, the Pope said the Church needs good catechists, who love Christ, live out the Gospel in their lives and courageously go to the margins of society to share the gift of faith with others.

‘Let us follow him, imitate him in his dynamic of love, of going to others, and let’s go out, open the doors, have the audacity to strike out new paths to proclaim the Gospel,’ he said.”
– This article entitled “Put Christ centre stage, pontiff tells catechists” was published in “The Catholic Universe” issue Sunday 6th October 2013. For subscriptions please visit http://www.thecatholicuniverse.com (external link).

 
 

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FAITH OF OUR FATHERS (HYMN)

Faith of our fathers
Faith of our fathers!
Living still in spite of dungeon, fire and sword;
Oh, how our hearts beat high with joy
When’er we hear that glorious word!

Refrain:
Faith of our fathers! Holy Faith
We will be true to thee till death,
We will be true to thee till death.

Our fathers, chained in prisons dark,
Were still in heart and conscience free;
How sweet would be their children’s fate,
If they, like them could die for thee.

Faith of our fathers, Mary’s prayers,
Shall win our country back to thee.
And though the truth that comes from God
Our Land shall then indeed be free.

Faith of our fathers, we will love
Both friend and foe in all our strive,
And preach thee too, as love knows how,
By kindly words and virtuous life.

 
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Posted by on February 28, 2013 in Inspirational Hymns

 

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