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Lewis Carroll


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Lewis Carroll


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Oscar Wilde


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Baltasar Gracian


A catechism of the Catholic religion

by Joseph Deharbe

Excerpt:

28. Ten days after our Lord's ascension the Apostles, who had in the meantime chosen Matthias to fili the place of the traitor Judas, were assembled for the feast of the Pentecost, when the Holy Ghost descended upon them in the form of fiery tongues, and th^y began at once to praise God and to preach the Gospel. Great numbers hastened to be baptized and profess their faitli in Jesus as the Son of God.

29. The preaching of the Apostles and the miracles they wrought only angered the chief priests,, whose hearts were hardened against the truth. They

27. What was done with His sacred bodv '( What did His enemies then do? When, and how, did Christ rise to life? What did He do after His resurrection? What did He command His Apostles to do when He appeared the last time ainong them? How long did He remain on\ earth after His resurrection? When, where, and how did He ascendi into Heaven?

28. Whom did the Apostles choose in the place of Judas? Wheni and how, did the Holy Ghost come? What change did He produce im them? How was the lame man at the temple-gate healed? What effect had this miracle on the Jews?

29. What effect did the preaching of the Apostles have upon the chief

ill-treated the Apostles and forbade them to preach in* the name of Jesus. They even stirred up the evilminded and the ignorant, so that Stephen, one of the^ disciples, was stoned to death. Nevertheless theApostles continued to preach with wonderful success, and among the converts was Saul, afterwards called* Paul, who had at first been a zealous enemy and persecutor of the Christians, but who, through the grace* of God, became an Apostle of Jesus Christ.

30. The converts in and about Jerusalem served God with great humility, piety, and charity. They were the first Christian community, and with then* began the Christian Church. They lived under the* law of their country, but in all that concerned religion they were subject to the Apostles.

31. Although many Jews accepted the doctrine of Christ, the greater part of that race remained obstinate. Seventy years after the birth of Christ the^ Jewish people revolted against the Koman Empire,, and a Roman army, in punishment for this, destroyed the city of Jerusalem and the temple, and led into captivity or dispersed the Jews as well as the'Christians who still dwelt at Jerusalem. The Apostles began to preach to the Gentile or heathen nations, and with such good effect that within thirty years after the descent of the Holy Ghost there were Christian congregations in all parts of the vast Roman Empire and in many countries not subject to Rome. All these congregations, no matter how far apart, wereunited in one faith and in one Catholic—that is, uni

prieste? What did they do to the Apostles? Who was the first martyr? Did the Apostles,"on being persecuted, cease preaching? What, can you relate or St. Paul?

30. Of whom was the first Christian community composed? What was their conduct, and how did they serve God? By what authority,, and how, did the Apostles govern this first community?

31. Were the Jews all converted? Did those wtio refused to believe in Christ remain unpunished 1 What punishment was inflicted! on them $ With what success did the Apostles preach to the Gentiles V How did the Apostles organize the new Christian communities 1 Werethese communities separated, and independent of one another? Wh* versal—Church, under one head, St. Peter. St. Peter, who was the prince or chief of the Apostles, was at first Bishop of Antioch, but afterwards became Bishop of Home. He suffered martyrdom under the .Emperor Nero (67 A.d.), and after this the visible ^headship of the Church passed to his successors, the Bishops of Rome, who are commonly called Popes.

32. The Christians, whose virtuous lives were a •constant reproach to the viciousness of the pagans, were foully calumniated. They were accused of being ^enemies of the established government, and th« priests of the pagan worship, fearful for the downfall of their superstitions, fomented the ill-will. Many thousands of the Christians were thrown into prisons or were exposed to the cruellest tortures, while great numbers of men were put to death. But nothing could tempt or frighten the greater number of them to deny the faith.


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