The Communion of Saints is made up of all men and women who have placed their hope in Christ and belong to him through Baptism. Saints are people who are aflame with the Holy Spirit; they keep God's fire burning in the Church. We can call on our patrons and favorite saints but also our departed relatives and friends who we believe are already with God. When we are close to them, it is easy to pray. Of course, we never worship saints, we are allowed, though, to call on them in heaven so that they may present petitions for us at the throne of God.
(Youth Catechism of the Catholic Church) (Youcat #497)
Dramatic upheavals are foretold in Sacred Scripture---the wickedness that will be plainly manifest, the trials, and persecutions that will put the faith of many to the test, these are only the dark side. God's definitive victory over evil will be visible. God's glory, truth, and justice will stand out brilliantly. With Christ's coming there will be a "New heaven and a new earth." He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more ...for the former things have passed away (Rev 21:14).
(From the Youth Catechism of the Catholic Faith) (Youcat #112)
Even Christ cannot help someone who does not want to know anything about love; such a person judges himself.Because Jesus Christ is "the Way, the Truth, and the Life: (Jn 14:6) he will show what is of lasting value in God's sight and what is not. Held up to the standard of his life, the full truth about all people, things, thoughts, and events will come to light.
(From the Youth Catechism of the Catholic Church) (Youcat #111)
Faith is knowledge and trust. It has seven characteristics:• Faith is a sheer gift of God which we receive when we fervently ask for it.• Faith is the supernatural power necessary if we are to attain salvation.• Faith requires free will and clear understanding of the divine invitation.• Faith is absolutely certain, because Jesus guarantees it.• Faith is incomplete unless it leads to active love.• Faith grows when we listen carefully to God's word and enter a lively exchange with him in prayer.• Faith gives us even now, a foretaste of the joy of heaven.
(From the Youth Catechism of the Catholic Church) (Youcat #21)
Just as there is only one Christ, there can be only one Church of Jesus Christ. He is the Head, the Church is the Body. Jesus built his Church, which subsists in the Catholic Church, on the foundation of the Apostles. This foundation supports her to this day. The faith of the Apostles was handed down from generation to generation under the leadership of the Pope. An early Church Father, St. Irenaeus of Lyons wrote, “For with this Church, by reason of its preeminence…the faithful everywhere must necessarily be in accord, because in it the tradition of the apostles has always been preserved.”
(From the Youth Catechism of the Catholic Church) (Youcat #129)
“Catholic” means related to the whole. The Church is catholic because Christ called her to profess the whole faith, to preserve all the sacraments, to administer them and proclaim the Good News to all. A Doctor of the Church, St. Augustine wrote, “Just as there are also uncatholic things in the Catholic Church, so too we can find something catholic even outside the Catholic Church. Many who seem to be outside are inside; many who seem to be inside are outside.”
(From the Youth Catechism of the Catholic Church) (Youcat #133)
Democracy operates on the principle that all power comes from the people. In the Church, however, all power comes from Christ. Christ himself is the one who acts in the Church when ordained ministers, by God’s grace, do or give something that they could not do or give by themselves such as administering the sacraments. Christ entrusted the entire faith to a group of twelve apostles, who successors govern the Church with the Pope presiding as the successor to St. Peter.
(From the Youth Catechism of the Catholic Faith) (Youcat #140)
Halloween is a derivation of the term “holy person or saint.” The recognition of the All Saints Feast day dates back to Pope Boniface in the 7th century when he dedicated the Pantheon in Rome to the Blessed Mother and the martyrs. Pope Gregory III made the Roman observance on November 1st when he dedicated a chapel in the Vatican Basilica to “All the Saints.” All Saints day is a Holy day of obligation.
(From the Catholic Encyclopedia)
Catholic teaching on Labor developed in the 19th century with the industrial revolution. Owners of industry primarily profited, while laborers sank into poverty. The Church’s view on capitalism concerns the common good and the system should not become a mere means for individuals to make profits. The Church supports a free-market system which is at the service of man, prevents monopolies, and ensures that all are supplied with employment and vitally necessary goods.
(From the Youth Catechism of the Catholic Church) (Youcat #442)
The Pope is the source and guarantor of the Church’s unity. He has the supreme pastoral authority and final authority in doctrinal and disciplinary decisions. All of this stems from Jesus giving Peter the unique position of preeminence among the apostles. This made Peter the supreme authority in the early Church. Every Christian community had to agree with the Bishop of Rome on the standards for the true, complete, and unadulterated apostolic faith. The Bishop of Rome, like Peter, is the supreme shepherd of the Church whose real Head is Christ.
(From the Youth Catechism of the Catholic Church) (Youcat #141)
God wills that the love of the spouses (a man and a woman) should produce children who are entrusted to the protection and care of their parents. The family is an original image of communion. The family also is, the Church tells us, a miniature church, a “domestic church.” As Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI stated, “The family is a necessary good for peoples, an indispensible foundation for society, and a great and lifelong treasure for couples. It is a unique good for children, who are meant to be the fruit of the lot, of the total and generous self giving of their parents.”
(From the Youth Catechism of the Catholic Faith) (Youcat #368)
Someone who misuses love by detaching human sexuality from the intimacy of a committed, loving relationship between two spouses and turns it into commercial goods commits serious sin. Pornography is a degenerate form of prostitution, suggesting that man can get “love’ for money. Anyone who consumes pornographic materials, visits pornographic websites, or participates in pornographic events finds himself in the wider circle of the billion-dollar business of selling sex.
(From the Youth Catechism of the Catholic Church) (Youcat #412)
The veneration of relics (remnants of the body of a saint or objects used during his or her lifetime) is a natural human need, a way of showing respect and reverence to the persons who are venerated. Veneration of relics is a Catholic tradition which began in the early days of the Church, probably in the ancient practice of celebrating the Eucharist on the tombs of martyrs. Relics of saints are properly venerated when the faithful praise God’s work in people who have devoted themselves completely to God.
(From the Youth Catechism of the Catholic Church) (Youcat #275)
A sin is a word, deed, or intention by which a man or woman deliberately and voluntarily offends against the true order of things as God’s loving providence has arranged them. It is more than violating some rules; sin turns freely and deliberately against God’s love and ignores him. St. Augustine wrote, “Sin is ultimately love of oneself even to contempt of God.”
It does become possible to recognize sin and its seriousness by drawing near to God.
(From the Youth Catechism of the Catholic Church) (Youcat #315)
The Feast of the Assumption (August 15th) celebrates Mary’s passage to heaven at the end of her life. This August feast dates to the 6th century when her dormition or “Falling asleep” became the focus of the feast day. The question of whether Mary was assumed “body and soul “was finally defined by the Church in 1950. The idea that Mary was assumed into heaven is connected to her having stood in the presence of God at the annunciation.
(From the Modern Catholic Encyclopedia)
Mortal sin destroys the divine power of love in a person’s heart, subsequently; it breaks with God, whereas venial sin only strains the relationship with him. Mortal sin opposes an important value, for instance, directed against life or God---murder, blasphemy, adultery; committed with full knowledge and full consent.
Venial sins are opposed to secondary values such as honor, truth, and property and are committed without full knowledge of their seriousness or without full consent of the will. They disrupt the relationship with God but do not sever it.
The supernatural virtues are faith, hope, and charity. They are called “supernatural” because they have their foundation in God, are directly related to God, and are for all of us the way we can reach God directly. “So faith, hope, love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.” 1 Cor 13:13.
(From the Youth Catechism of the Catholic Church) (Youcat #305)
Freedom is the God-given power to be able to act of one’s own accord; a person who is free no longer acts under the influence of someone else. God created us as free men and women with free wills so that we might decide wholeheartedly in favor of good, in fact for the greatest good. An individual can choose evil, but it does not make him happy, but rather deprives the person of what is truly good. St.Augustine wrote in the 5th century, “The good man is free, even if he is a slave. The evil man is a slave, even if he is a king.”
(From the Youth Catechism of the Catholic Church) (Youcat #286)
We worship God because he exists and because reverence and worship are the appropriate responses to his revelation and his presence. “You shall worship the Lord your God and him only shall you serve” (Mt. 4:10). Worshipping God, however, is also beneficial to men, for it frees them from servitude to the powers of this world. When God is no longer worshipped or thought to be Lord over life and death, others assume that position and put human dignity at risk.
(From the Youth Catechism of the Catholic Church) (Youcat #353)
Conscience is the inner voice in a man that moves him to do good under any circumstances and to avoid evil by all means. It also is the ability to distinguish the one from the other. In the conscience God speaks to man. God is the one who becomes apparent in the conscience. St. Thomas Aquinas wrote, “Anything that is done against conscience is a sin,” however, Blessed John Paul II noted that “Christians have a great help for the formation of conscience in the Church and her Magisterium.
(From the Youth Catechism of the Catholic Faith) (Youcat #295)
God loved us first, so charity is the power by which we can give ourselves to God so as to be united with him. Charity is also the power to accept out neighbor for God’s sake as unconditionally and sincerely as we accept ourselves. Jesus places love above all laws. From the Gospel of St. John, “God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God and God abides in him (1 Jn 4:16).”
(From the Youth Catechism of the Catholic Church) (Youcat #309)
The sacrament of Matrimony comes about through a promise made by a baptized man and a baptized woman before God and the Church, which is accepted and confirmed by God and consummated by the bodily union of the couple. Because God himself forms the bond of sacramental Marriage, it is binding until death of one of the partners. God disposed man and woman for each other so that they might be “no longer two, but one.” What threatens marriage is sin, what renews it is forgiveness, what makes it strong is prayer, and trust in God’s presence.
(From the Youth Catechism of the Catholic Church) (Youcat #261)
Adultery is the fundamental betrayal of love, the violation of a covenant that was made in God’s sight. Adultery is committed when two people, at least one of whom is married to someone else, have sexual relations. Jesus himself explicitly declared the indissolubility of marriage in (Mark 10:9 ) “What therefore God has joined together, let not man put asunder.” His words cited the original will of the creator abolishing the toleration of divorce in the Old Testament. As infidelity in marriage is often justified by the so-called sexual revolution, Blessed Pope John Paul II said, “The root of the crisis of marriage and family, lies in a false notion of freedom.”
(From the Youth Catechism of the Catholic Church) (Youcat #424)
God created man as male and female and destined them for each other in a bodily way. The Church accepts without reservation those who experience homosexual feelings. They should not be unjustly discriminated against because of that. At the same time, the Church declares that all homosexual relations in any form are contrary to the order of creation because man and woman are designed to need each other’s complementary traits and to enter into a mutual relationship so as to give life to children. Pope Benedict XVI has written, “Indeed, the values that flow from an authentic understanding of marriage and family life constitute the only sure foundation for a stable society.”
(From the Youth Catechism of the Catholic Church) (Youcat #415)
Jesus lived as a celibate and in this way intended to show his undivided love for God the Father. To follow Jesus’ way of life and to live in unmarried chastity “for the sake of the kingdom of heaven” (Mt 19:12) has been a sign of love, undivided devotion to the Lord, and of a complete willingness to serve, going back to the time of Jesus. Celibacy is the personal commitment of a person to live in the unmarried state for the sake of the kingdom of heaven. Pope Benedict says celibacy cannot mean “remaining empty in love, but rather must mean allowing oneself to be overcome by a passion for God.”
(From the Youth Catechism of the Catholic Church) (Youcat #258)
The Church is perfectly clear that Euthanasia---the killing of the handicapped, the sick, and the dying--- is absolutely forbidden. Today, people often try to get around the 5th Commandment with seemingly humane arguments. Euthanasia is not a humane solution.
From the Vatican Instruction Donum Vitae (1987), “No one can under any circumstance claim for himself the right, directly or indirectly, to destroy an innocent human being.”
(From the Youth Catechism of the Catholic Church) (Youcat # 379)
Mary is the Virgin Mother of Jesus Christ. God willed that Jesus should have a true human mother but only God himself as his Father. Anyone who calls Mary the Mother of God thereby professes that her Son is God. She is also our mother. When Jesus spoke from the cross to John, the Church has always understood that it was an act of entrusting the whole Church to Mary. “Mary is the most tender mother of the human race; she is the refuse of sinners,” wrote St. Alphonsus Liguori, mystic and Doctor of the Church.
(From the Youth Catechism of the Catholic Church) (Youcat #80)
Jesus is the only son of Mary in the physical sense. Even in the early Church, Mary’s perpetual virginity was assumed, which rules out the possibility of Jesus having brothers and sisters from the same mother. In the Aramaic Language, Jesus’ mother tongue, there is only one word for sibling and cousins. When the Gospels speak about the “brothers and sisters” of Jesus, they are referring to his close relatives.
(From the Youth Catechism of the Catholic Church) (Youcat #81)
Confirmation completes Baptism. The gift of the Holy Spirit is bestowed upon us. The anointing brings the gifts of the Holy Spirit, strengthening our witness to God’s love and might in word and deed. In Confirmation one is now a full-fledged, responsible member of the Catholic Church. In sports, when a coach sends a player into the game he puts his hand on his/her shoulder and gives him final instructions. We can understand Confirmation in a similar way. In the Acts of Apostles, Peter and John travel about to confirm new Christians by imposing hands on those who previously had only been baptized.
(From the Youth Catechism of the Catholic Faith) (Youcat #203)
In Confirmation the soul of a baptized Christian is imprinted with a permanent seal that can be received only once and marks the individual forever as a Christian. The gift of the Holy Spirit is the strength from above to which each individual puts the grace of his Baptism into practice through his life and acts as a “witness” for Christ. From the Acts of the Apostles, “Now when the apostles at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent Peter and John who came and prayed for them that they might receive the Holy spirit; for the Spirit had not fallen on any of them, but they had only been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.”
(From the Youth Catechism of the Catholic Church) (Youcat #204)
The Catechism teaches that the Holy Eucharist is the sacrament in which Jesus Christ gives his body and blood---himself---for us, so that we too might give ourselves to him in love and be united with him in Holy Communion. In this way we are joined with one body of Christ, the Church. The celebration of the Eucharist is “the source and summit of the Christian Life” (Second Vatican council, Lumen Gentium.)
In the words of St. Thomas Aquinas, “The actual effect of the Eucharist is the transformation of man into God.”(From the Youth Catechism of the Catholic Church) (Youcat #208)
The Catechism explains that the term Transubstantiation comes from the Latin (trans = through), and (substantia = essence, substance). The theological term is used to explain theologically how Jesus can be present under the appearance of the gifts of bread and wine in Eucharist. Whereas the “substances” changed by the working of the Holy Spirit at the words of Consecration into the Body and Blood of Christ, their outward “species” or forms remain the same. Jesus Christ is really, but invisibly, present in what looks like bread and wine. (From the Youth Catechism of the Catholic Church) (Youcat 217)
Because God is truly present in the consecrated species of bread and wine, we must preserve the sacred gifts with the greatest reverence. If there are consecrated hosts left over after the celebration of Holy Eucharist, they are kept in sacred vessels in the tabernacle. Since the Most Blessed Sacrament is present in them, the tabernacle is one of the most venerable places in every church. We genuflect before any tabernacle. (From the Youth Catechism of the Catholic Church) (Youcat 218)
The Catechism teaches that a Catholic Christian is obligated to attend Holy Mass on all Sundays and Holy days of obligation. Anyone who is really seeking Jesus’ friendship responds as often as possible to Jesus’ personal invitation to the feast. From ancient times the celebration of Mass has been the “Heart of Sunday” and the most important appointment of the week.(From the Youth Catechism of the Catholic Church) (Youcat 219)
God did not want men to suffer and die, in fact, God’s original idea for man was paradise: life forever and peace between God and man. Man lost the original harmony with the world and ultimately with God. Sacred Scripture tells us that the experience of alienation is expressed in the story of the Fall. Because sin crept in, Adam and Eve had to leave paradise and their harmonious relationship with each other and God. The toil of work, suffering, mortality, and the temptation to sin are signs of this loss of paradise. St. John Chrysostom wrote, “We have lost paradise but have received heaven, and therefore the gain is greater than the loss.”(Youth Catechism of the Catholic Church) (Youcat #66)
Guilt prepares a person for repentance. The insight into one’s personal guilt produces a longing to better oneself; this is called contrition. We arrive at contrition when we see the contradiction between God’s love and our sin. We are then full of sorrow for our sins, we resolve to change our life and place all our hope in God’s help. St. Teresa of Calcutta wrote, “Some saints described themselves as terrible criminals because they saw God, they saw themselves, and they saw the difference.”(From the Youth Catechism of the Catholic Church) (Youcat #229)
Jesus was a man of peace, but he posed a dilemma: He offered an unprecedented challenge to the traditional Judaism of the time. He forgave sins, which God alone can do; He acted as though the Sabbath law was not absolute; and was accused of being a false prophet. All those were crimes punishable under the Law by death. His death relates to all of us, St. Francis of Assisi wrote, “And even the demons did not crucify Him, but you, together with them, have crucified Him and are still crucifying Him by delighting in vices and sins. (From the Youth Catechism of the Catholic Church) (Youcat #97)
Jesus showed his consummate love at the Last Supper. He instituted the Holy Eucharist, the focal point of our Faith, and symbolically anticipated his redeeming Passion by speaking these words over the gifts of bread and wine: “This is my body which is given for you.” He also made the Apostles priests (Holy Orders) when he commanded them to “Do this in remembrance of me.” Regarding the Last Supper, Pope Benedict XVI has said, “In a certain sense we can say the Last Supper itself is the act of foundation of the Church, because he gives himself and thus creates a new community, a community united in communion with himself.” (From the Youth Catechism of the Catholic Church) (Youcat #99)
Lent is the 40 day period of fasting and prayer which prepares us for the celebration of Easter. At the Council of Nicaea in 325 A.D., this period of 40 days of fasting and preparation was established. The number “40” may have its origins in the 40-day fast observed by Moses, Elijah, and Christ. Ash Wednesday was added to begin the fasting period in the 7th century so 40 days would be achieved, absent Sundays. In recent centuries meat was added except for Fridays. Vatican II shifted the emphasis from the physical suffering to other forms of penance including prayer and works of charity.(From the Modern Catholic Encyclopedia)
Jesus himself instituted the sacrament of Penance when he showed himself to his apostles on Easter day and commanded them, “Receive the Holy Spirit, If you forgive sins of any, they areforgiven; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.” St. Gregory Nazianzen said, “Penance is the second Baptism, the baptism of tears.” The parable of the prodigal son best expresses Penance. Upon returning the son says he is no longer worthy to be called the father’s son, but the father calls for the best robe, ring, and shoes since his son has returned.(From the Youth Catechism of the Catholic Church) (Youcat #227)
Sometimes a person has to become sick in order to recognize what we all---healthy or sick---need more than anything else: God. Jesus came in order to show God’s love and often did so in places where we feel threatened, in the weakening of our life through sickness. “Care for the sick must have priority over everything else: they should be served as though they were really Christ,” wrote St. Benedict of Nursia in the 5th century. One can receive the Anointing of the Sick several times in one’s life. Young people should do so for example, if they are about to undergo a serious operation. (From the Youth Catechism of the Catholic Church) (Youcat #241-243)
Purgatory is often imaged as a place, but is actually a condition. Someone who dies in God’s grace but who still needs purification before he can see God face to face is in Purgatory. When Peter betrayed Jesus, the Lord turned and looked at Peter: “And Peter went out and wept bitterly”---a feeling like being in Purgatory. Purgatory is mentioned in the Old Testament as well, from 2 Maccabees, “Therefore he (Judas Maccabeus) made atonement for the dead, that they might be delivered from their sin.”(From the Youth Catechism of the Catholic Church) (Youcat # 159)
All sacraments are an encounter with Christ, who is himself the original sacrament.
Christ gave us the seven sacraments. Baptism, Confirmation, and Holy Eucharist are the Sacraments of Initiation which introduce us into the faith. The Sacraments of Healing are Reconciliation (Confession) which reconciles us with Christ. The Anointing of the Sick allows Christ to heal, strengthen, and console us. Matrimony and Holy Orders are sacraments of Communion and Mission. At Marriage, Christ promises his love in our love and his fidelity in our fidelity. In Holy Orders he gives priests the privilege of forgiving sins and celebrating the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.(From the Youth Catechism of the Catholic Church) (Youcat #193)
From its earliest days, the Church has practiced infant Baptism. There is one reason for this: before we decide on God, God has decided on us. Baptism is therefore a grace, an undeserved gift of God who accepts us unconditionally. Infant Baptism presupposes that Christian parents will raise the baptized child in faith. It is an injustice to deprive the child of Baptism out of a mistaken liberality. One cannot deprive a child of love so that he can later decide on love for himself; so it would be an injustice to deprive the child of God's grace in Baptism.
(From the Youth Catechism of the Catholic Church) (Youcat #197)
For all those who have received the Gospel and have heard that Christ is "the way, and the truth, and the life," Baptism is the only way to God and salvation. That is why missionary work is so important. However, it is true that Christ died for all mankind. Therefore, all men who have had no opportunity to learn about Christ and the faith but seek God sincerely and live according to their consciences also find salvation (Baptism of Desire).
(From the Youth Catechism of the Catholic Church) (Youcat #199)
In Baptism we become members of the Body of Christ, sisters and brothers of our Redeemer and children of God. We are freed from sin. As Pope Benedict XVI has said, "Our life now belongs to Christ, and no longer to ourselves...at his side, and indeed, drawn up in his love, we are freed from fear." We choose the names of saints at Baptism because there are no better examples than the saints. One then has a friend with God.
The practice of observing Advent dates to the 4th century. Advent is derived from the Latin word adventus, an arrival. The four week liturgical season precedes Christmas when the Church prepares to celebrate the birth of Christ. The practices and readings of the Advent season emphasize penance and the joyful expectation of the Lord's coming. The readings center on the prophecies of John the Baptist and Isaiah. The final week of Advent focuses on the approaching birth of Christ and the role of the Blessed Mother. (From the Modern Catholic Encyclopedia)
The Church believes that "the Most Blessed Virgin Mary" was, from the first moment of her conception, by a singular grace and privilege of almighty God and the merits of Jesus Christ, Savior of the World; preserved immune from all stain of original sin. The belief has existed since the beginning of the Church. It is misunderstood today. Nothing is said about the conception of Jesus in Mary's womb. It says God preserved Mary from original sin from the very beginning. (From the Youth Catechism of the Catholic Church)
Sin in the strict sense implies guilt for which one is personally responsible. The term "Original Sin" refers, not to a personal sin, but rather to the disastrous fallen state of mankind into which the individual is born, even before he himself sins by a free decision.
Pope Benedict, in talking about Original sin, says "that we all carry within us a drop of the poison on that way of thinking, illustrated by the images in the Book of Genesis that the individual does not trust God."(From the Youth Catechism of the Catholic Church)
In Jesus Christ, God reconciled the world to himself and redeemed mankind from the imprisonment of sin, "God so loved the world that he gave his only-begotten Son" (Jn 3:16). In Jesus, God took on the mortal human flesh (Incarnation), shared our sufferings and death and become one like us in all things but sin.
"God is so great that he can become small. God is so powerful that he can make himself vulnerable and come to us as a defenseless child, so that we can love him," Pope Benedict XVI---Christmas Eve, 2005.(From the Youth Catechism of the Catholic Church)
Faith is knowledge and trust. It is a gift of God which we receive when we fervently ask for it. Faith is the supernatural power that is absolutely necessary if we are to attain salvation. It requires free will and clear understanding and is absolutely certain because Jesus guarantees it. Faith grows when we listen more and more carefully to God's word. It gives us even now, a foretaste of the joy of heaven. "Faith by its very nature is the acceptance of a truth that our reason cannot attain," said Blessed John Henry Newman, convert and Cardinal.
"Let the Creed be like a mirror for you. Look at yourself in it to see whether you really believe all that you claim to believe. And rejoice every day in our faith," wrote Saint Augustine. The creeds go back to Jesus, who commanded his disciples to baptize. In doing so, they were to require of the people seeking Baptism the profession of a definite faith, namely, faith in the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. All the creeds of the Church are elaborations of the faith in this Triune God.(From the youth Catechism of the Catholic Church) (Youcat #26)
To know God means to know that he who created and willed me, who looks at me every moment with love, who blessed and upholds my life, who has the world and people I love in his hand...who wishes to fulfill and perfect me and to make me dwell forever with him---is there. To nod with your head at this is not enough. Christians must adopt Jesus' way of life.
(From the Youth Catechism of the Catholic Church) (Youcat #34)
Faith is the most personal thing a person has, yet it is not a private matter...believing is therefore participation in a common conviction. Anyone who wants to believe must be able to say both "I" and "We" because a faith he/she cannot share and communicate would be irrational...the faith of others supports the individual, just as the fervor of a person's faith enkindles and strengthens others. "Where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I in the midst of them," the words of Jesus Christ in the Gospel of St. Matthew
(From the Youth Catechism of the Catholic Church( (Youcat #24)
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