How Christians should live

Moses Receiving the Tables of the Law (detail), Tintoretto (1560-1562)

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  • The Commandments

    The Ten Commandments The Ten Commandments were issued by God to Moses and the People of Israel on Mount Sinai in the desert (Exodus 20:2-17). Moses later reminded the people of Israel of them when they were in the land of Moab beyond the Jordan (Deuteronomy 5:6-21). The Ten Commandments are: I am the LORD……

  • The Beatitudes

    The Beatitudes are the first words spoken by Christ during the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5:1-11). They show Jesus’ love for us, instruct us on how we should live, provide us hope during trials, and remind us of the rewards yet to come for those who follow Him.1 The beatitudes are: Blessed are the……

  • The Works of Mercy

    The works of mercy are those actions we conduct out of love for God and out of love for those who suffer around us. The works of mercy fulfill the Two Great Commandments and the New Commandment issued by Our Lord. The Spiritual Works of Mercy These are actions that care for the spiritual needs……

  • The Sacrament of Reconciliation

    Foreword God loves us and wants for us to be with Him in Heaven. But, to do so, we must be friends with God. When we sin, we lose friendship with God (see “Sin“). Therefore, we must reconcile ourselves to God before we can one day be with Him in Heaven. To reconcile ourselves to……

  • The Virtues

    Definition | The Theological Virtues | Faith | Hope | Charity | The Human Virtues | Prudence | Justice | Fortitude | Temperance | Accomplishing the Virtues A virtue is a constant habit and disposition to do what is good and to give the best of yourself. A virtuous person tends towards goodness in his……

  • The Little Way

    The Little Way is way of life where do everyday things with extraordinary love for God. It was created by St. Thérèse of Lisieux to solve a problem she identified in her life story, Story of a Soul. Problem “You know it has ever been my desire to become a Saint, but I have always felt,……

  • Fasting & Abstinence

    Fasting and abstinence are two ways to make reparation for our sins and the sins of the members of the Church. Fasting Fasting means to limit how much food we eat in the day. The Church has indicated the following standards for fasting: What is the standard for practicing a fast? For one day, eat……

  • Honoring the Lord’s Day

    The third Commandment is to “Remember to keep holy the LORD’S Day.”1 Many Catholics love their faith but still do not care about this commandment. And yet, this is one of God’s most important commandments. It is so important, that the end of the world is dependent, in part, to how we observe this commandment.……

  • Gifts and Fruits of the Holy Spirit

    When we become Christians, we want to become saints. But, even if we try to be good, how can we permanently change if we are still the same people as before? Well, we are not the same. Now Christians, the Holy Spirit forms us in preparation for Heaven. Gifts of the Holy Spirit The Gifts……

  • The Five Precepts of the Church

    The Five Precepts of the Church (also known as the Commandments of the Church) are considered the minimum standard way of life required by all Catholics.1, 2 They are: You shall attend Mass on Sundays and on holy days of obligation and remain free from work or activity that could impede the sanctification of such……

  • Selflessness

    If all the teachings of Christ, the Bible and the Bible were reduced down to one concept, characteristic and word that summarized the path to Heaven, it would be this: selflessness. Selflessness Selflessness, or more specifically, selfless love is the love the Father has for the Son and the Son has for the Father. The……

  • Faith or Works

    What gets us to Heaven? Faith or Works? The answer is Faith and Works! Don’t be fooled by the complicated arguments of this group and that group. The truth rests in the Bible and the teachings of the Catholic Church which has remained unchanged since the time of Christ. As per St. James: What does……

  • Why did God create evil beings?

    God did not create evil beings. All beings that God created are good by nature. Beings become evil when they turn away from God and into themselves; when they become selfish. The devil was an angel that should have praised God for all eternity, but he chose to betray God. All the demons were also……

  • Does God love those in Hell?

    Yes, God loves everyone who is in Hell, but He cannot endure the darkness of their soul caused by their rejection of Him upon death1 and He cannot force them to love Him when they choose not to for all eternity. So, He gives them a place to reside called Hell. God loves these souls,……

  • Can we betray God in Heaven?

    No, we cannot betray God in Heaven. In Heaven, we will see God face to face and will be filled with all the love God has for each and every one of us. All our desires, hopes, and dreams will be fulfilled in God and there will be nothing that can draw our gaze away……

  • Do dogs go to Heaven?

    Because animals do not have rational souls, their souls are not immortal. As such, as soon as they die, their soul expires. And, as a result, the souls of our dogs and pets do not go to Heaven.1, 2 The thing is, we tend to ascribe to animals feelings that only humans have. We have……

  • Salvation Definitions

    It can be difficult to understand all the different words associated with salvation. That said, here is an overview and a list of definitions to make it easier. Overview God calls us to be His children. When we sinned, we dishonored God, brought about His justice, and lost our chance to be His children. But……