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Four Pillars of Catechism for the Catholic Church by Mind Map: Four Pillars of Catechism
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Four Pillars of Catechism for the Catholic Church

Part I: The profession of faith (the Apostle's Creed)

Twelve Articles of the Creed

1. I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth.

2. I believe in Jesus Christ, His only Son our Lord.

3. He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary.

4. He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried.

5. He descended into the dead. On the third day He rose again.

6. He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father.

7. He will come again to judge the living and the dead.

8. I believe in the Holy Spirit,

9. the Holy Catholic Church and the communion of saints,

10. the forgiveness of sins,

11. the resurrection of the body,

12. and life everlasting, Amen.

Part II: Celebration of the Christian Mystery (the Liturgy)

Three Liturgical Parts

Liturgy of the Preparatory rites, Enter a state of prayer and humility

Liturgy of the Word

Liturgy of the Eucharist

Part III: The Ten Commandments

I. I am the Lord thy God. Thou shall not have strange gods before me.

II. Thou shall not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain.

III. Keep holy the Sabbath

IV. Honor thy father and mothers

V. Thou shalt not kill

VI. Thou shalt not commit adultery

VII. Thou shalt not steal.

VIII. Thou shalt not bear false witness against they neighbor.

IX. Thou shalt not covet they neighbor's wife.

X. Thou shalt not covet they neighbor's goods.

Part IV: A Life of Prayer

Anima Christi

Soul of Christ, sanctify me Body of Christ, save me Blood of Christ, inebriate me Water from Christ's side, wash me Passion of Christ, strengthen me O good Jesus, hear me Within Thy wounds hide me Suffer me not to be separated from Thee From the malicious enemy defend me In the hour of my death call me And bid me come unto Thee That I may praise Thee with Thy saints and with Thy angels Forever and ever Amen

Prayer of St. Thomas Aquinas

THANKSGIVING AFTER MASS Lord, Father all-powerful and ever-living God, I thank You, for even though I am a sinner, your unprofitable servant, not because of my worth but in the kindness of your mercy, You have fed me with the Precious Body & Blood of Your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ. I pray that this Holy Communion may not bring me condemnation and punishment but forgiveness and salvation. May it be a helmet of faith and a shield of good will. May it purify me from evil ways and put an end to my evil passions. May it bring me charity and patience, humility and obedience, and growth in the power to do good. May it be my strong defense against all my enemies, visible and invisible, and the perfect calming of all my evil impulses, bodily and spiritual. May it unite me more closely to you, the One true God, and lead me safely through death to everlasting happiness with You. And I pray that You will lead me, a sinner, to the banquet where you, with Your Son and holy Spirit, are true and perfect light, total fulfillment, everlasting joy, gladness without end, and perfect happiness to your saints. grant this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Morning Offering

O Jesus, through the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I offer You my prayers, works, joys and sufferings of this day for all the intentions of Your Sacred Heart, in union with the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass throughout the world, in reparation for my sins, for the intentions of all my relatives and friends, and in particular for the intentions of the Holy Father. Amen.

St. Thomas Aquinas' Prayer Before Mass

Almighty and ever-living God, I approach the sacrament of Your only-begotten Son Our Lord Jesus Christ, I come sick to the doctor of life, unclean to the fountain of mercy, blind to the radiance of eternal light, and poor and needy to the Lord of heaven and earth. Lord, in your great generosity, heal my sickness, wash away my defilement, enlighten my blindness, enrich my poverty, and clothe my nakedness. May I receive the bread of angels, the King of kings and Lord of lords, with humble reverence, with the purity and faith, the repentance and love, and the determined purpose that will help to bring me to salvation. May I receive the sacrament of the Lord's Body and Blood, and its reality and power. Kind God, may I receive the Body of Your only-begotten Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, born from the womb of the Virgin Mary, and so be received into His mystical body and numbered among His members. Loving Father, as on my earthly pilgrimage I now receive Your beloved Son under the veil of a sacrament, may I one day see him face to face in glory, who lives and reigns with You for ever. Amen. - Saint Thomas Aquinas

Prayer after Mass

Lord Jesus Christ, take all my freedom, my memory, my understanding, and my will. All that I have and cherish you have given me. I surrender it all to be guided by Your will. Your grace and Your love are enough for me. Give me these, Lord Jesus, and I ask for nothing more. Amen.

Apostle Paul : Flesh versus the Spirit (Galatians 5:17-21) We are soldiers of Christ standing against Satan. As Christians we are engaged in a personal great battle with Satan. The battlefield is well depicted in the words that frame the biblical passage of the Spirit versus the Flesh.

"...the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary to one another, so that you do not do the things that you wish"

Three Categories of the Flesh to overcome, Sexual sins of the flesh, Adultery, Fornication, Uncleanness, Lasciviousness, Sins of misguided allegiance, Idolatry, Witchcraft, Drunkeness, Revelries (orgies), Sins in personal relationships, Hatred, Contentions, Jealousies, Outbursts of wrath, Selfish ambitions, Heresies, Envy, Murder

Fruit of the Spirit, Agape love, Unconditional love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Gentleness, Devotion to God

Aquinas's Quinque Viae (The five ways or rules of logic)

Infinite regression to God

Prime mover; the umoved mover, Some things move., Everything moving is moved by something., An infinite regression of movement is impossible, Therefore, there must be an unmoved mover of everything else., The unmoved mover is God.

Efficient cause, Some things are cuased, Everything caused is caused by something else, An infinite regression of cause is impossible., Therefore, there must be an uncaused cause of everything else., The uncaused cause is God.

Contigency or being., Some things exist and are contigent upon someone making the existence., It is impossible for everything to be contigent, for then there would be a time when nothing existed; and so if there were nothing, nothing would exist now. That is, there is nothing to bring anything into existence. This is clearly false. Therefore, we have regressed contigency of existence back to God.

Perfect being

Varying degrees of perfection exist throughout the world

Varying degrees assume an ultimate standard of perfection

The ultimate standard of perfection is a supreme being, God.

Perfect design- the order of the universe.

All natural bodies of the world act toward ends (Laws of Physics, etc)

These objects of themselves are unintelligent

There must exist a supreme intelligence that guides all natural bodies toward their end.

This intelligence is God.