Christian Faith and Practice
What Every Christian Must Do
  1. Every Christian, in order to attain life ever-lasting, must worship God as his first beginning and last end.

    • This worship is to be rendered, first, by FAITH; which makes both the understanding and the will humbly adore and embrace all those truths which God has taught, however obscure and incomprehensible they may be to our weakness.

    • Secondly by HOPE; which honours the infinite power, goodness and mercy of God, and the truth of His promises; and upon these grounds raises the soul to an assured expectation of mercy, grace and slavation, through the merits of Jesus Christ.

    • Thirdly, by CHARITY; which makes us love God with our whole hearts, for His own sake, and our neighbor as ourselves, for God's sake.

    • Fourthly, by the virtue of RELIGION; the chief acts of which are adoration, praise, thanksgiving, oblation of ourselves to God, sacrifice, and prayer; which ought to be the daily employments of a Christian soul. We must flee all idolatry and all false religions; also superstition, under the name are comprehended all manner of divinations, all fortune-telling, all witchcraft, charms, spells, obersations of omens, dreams, etc. All these things are heathenish, and contrary to the worship of the true and living God, and to that entire dependence which a Christian soul ought to have on Him. But we must devoutly honor the Ever-Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God, the Holy Angels, and the Saints reigning in Glory; whose intercession we shall always most profitably invoke. We should likewise duly reverence all sacred emblems and pious memorials of our Lord and His Saints, and honor the relics of God's servants whom Holy Church has canonized

  2. We must reverence the name of God and His truth by a religious observance of all lawful oaths and vows, and by carefully avoiding all false, rash, or unjust oaths, and blasphemies.

  3. We must dedicate some notable part of our time to His divine service; and, more especially, consecrate to Him those days which are ordered by His Church to be sanctified or kept holy.

  4. Under God, we must love, reverence, and obey our parents, and other lawful superiors, spiritual and temporal; and observe the laws of the Church and State: as also we must have due care of our children, and of others that are under our charge, both as to their souls and their bodies.

  5. We must abstain from all injuries to our neighbor's person, by murder or any other violence; and from all hatred, envy, and desire of revenge; as also from spiritual murder, which is committed by drawing him into sin, by words, actions, or bad example.

  6. We must abstain from all uncleanness in thoughts, words, or actions.

  7. We must not steal, cheat, or any other way do wrong to our neighbor in his goods and possessions; we must give every one his own, pay our debts, and make restitution for all damages which we have caused through our fault.

  8. We must not wrong our neighbor in his character or good name, by calumny, detraction, or rash judgment; or in his honor by reproaches or affronts; or rob him of his peace of mind, by scoffs or contempt; or of his friends, by carrying stories backwards and forwards. In all such cases, whosoever wrongs his neighbor is obliged to make reparation or satisfaction.

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  10. As we are commanded to abstain from all deeds of lust and injustice, so are we also strictly obliged to restrain all desires of these kinds, and to resist the irregular motions of concupiscence.
So far the Ten Commandments of God; which are a short abridgement of the whole eternal and natural law, which admits of no dispensation. Every Christian is, moreover, bound to keep the commandments of God's Church.
  1. We must sanctify Sundays and Holydays of Obligation by devout attendance at Holy Mass, and by resting from servile work.

  2. We must strictly observe those days of fasting and abstinence appointed by ecclesiastical authority.

  3. We must humbly confess our sins at least once a year to a Priest having competent jurisdiction - i.e., approved by the Bishop of the Diocese.

  4. We must be careful to make our Easter Duty, by receiving Holy Communion at some time during the interval between the first Sunday in Lent and Trinity Sunday.

  5. According to our means we must contribute to the support of those who minister to us in spiritual things.

  6. We must not marry non-Catholics, or any one related to us wihtin the third degree of kindred; we must not marry clandestinely, nor solemnize marriage within the prohibited times.

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