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Baltimore Catechism, Lesson 16: The 1st Commandment of God

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⁣Here on the next lesson of the Baltimore Catechism presented by the Ecu-Men, we cover the topic, the First of the Ten Commandments. This is how we put God first, above all else. Thanks for listening!

198. What is the first commandment of God?
I am the Lord thy God; thou shalt not have strange gods before Me. (Exodus 20:3-4)

199. What are we commanded by the first commandment?
To offer to God alone the supreme worship that is due Him. (Luke 4:8)

200. How do we worship God?
By acts of faith, hope, and charity, and by adoring Him and praying to Him.

201. What does faith oblige us to do?
First, to make efforts to find out what God has revealed; second, to believe firmly what God has revealed; third, to profess our faith openly whenever necessary. (Matthew 10:32)

202. What does hope oblige us to do?
To trust firmly that God will give us eternal life and the means to obtain it. (Titus 1:1-2)

203. What does charity oblige us to do?
To love God above all things because He is infinitely good, and to love our neighbor as ourselves for the love of God. (Matthew 22:35-40)

204. How can a Catholic best safeguard his faith?
By making frequent acts of faith, by praying for a strong faith, by studying his religion very earnestly, by living a good life, by good reading, by refusing to associate with the enemies of the Church, and by not reading books and papers opposed to the Church and her teaching. (Acts 20:29-30)

205. How does a Catholic sin against faith?
By apostasy, heresy, indifferentism, and by taking part in non-Catholic worship.

206. Why does a Catholic sin against faith by taking part in non-Catholic worship.
When he intends to identify himself with a religion he knows is defective. (John 18:37)

207. What are the sins against hope?
The sins against hope are presumption and despair.

208. When does a person sin by presumption?
When he trusts that he can be saved by his own efforts without God's help, or by God's help without his own efforts. (I Corinthians 4:4)

209. When does a person sin by despair?
When he deliberately refuses to trust that God will give him the necessary help to save his soul. (I Corinthians 10:13)

210. What are the chief sins against charity?
Hatred of God and of our neighbor, envy, sloth, and scandal. (I Corinthians 13:4)

211. Besides the sins against faith, hope, and charity, what other sins does the first commandment forbid?
Superstition and sacrilege.

212. When does a person sin by superstition?
When he attributes to a creature a power that belongs to God alone, as when he makes use of charms or spells, believes in dreams or fortune-telling, or goes to spiritists. (Deuteronomy 19:10-11)

213. When does a person sin by sacrilege?
When he mistreats sacred persons, places, or things. (Psalm 73:7)

Baltimore Catechism, Lesson 16:

Psalm 95:5

Satanic Verses of Quran:

Greek Words for Love:

Interior Castle:

Allegri - Miserere mei, Deus

Psalm 50:

Confessions by St Augustine:

Sins beyond which God no longer Pardons (Alphonsus)

Spiritual Combat:

Spiritual Desolation (Alphonsus):

False Dreams:

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