Do You Know Your Faith?

The disciples approached Jesus and said,
“Why do you speak to the crowd in parables?”
He said to them in reply,
“Because knowledge of the mysteries of the Kingdom of heaven
has been granted to you, but to them it has not been granted.
To anyone who has, more will be given and he will grow rich;
from anyone who has not, even what he has will be taken away.
This is why I speak to them in parables, because
they look but do not see and hear but do not listen or understand.
Isaiah’s prophecy is fulfilled in them, which says:

You shall indeed hear but not understand,
you shall indeed look but never see.
Gross is the heart of this people,
they will hardly hear with their ears,
they have closed their eyes,
lest they see with their eyes
and hear with their ears
and understand with their hearts and be converted
and I heal them.

“But blessed are your eyes, because they see,
and your ears, because they hear.
Amen, I say to you, many prophets and righteous people
longed to see what you see but did not see it,
and to hear what you hear but did not hear it.”  Matthew 13:10-17

The disciples could be a tad dense at times, but are we any different?  Sadly, I don't think so.  And I'm not talking about people who aren't Catholic or even Christian.

Fr. Corapi's web site is closing out so I bought a couple of DVD's and books.  In his book, "Letters" there is a basic quiz on our faith.  According to Father any child preparing for Confirmation should be able to earn a grade of at least 80%.

I'll post the answers in a day or two.  Let me know how you did!

1.  Name the sacraments of initiations:
a.  Holy Orders, Baptism, Anointing of sick
b.  Baptism, Matrimony, Eucharist, Confirmation
c.  Penance (Confession), Baptism, Matrimony, Confirmation
d.  Baptism, Eucharist, Confirmation
2.  Name the sacraments of healing:
a.  Eucharist, Holy Orders, Matrimony
b.  Holy Orders, Baptism, Matrimony, Confirmation
c.  Penance, Anointing of the sick
d.  Matrimony, Holy Orders
3.  Name the sacraments of service:
a.  Eucharist, Holy Orders, Matrimony
b.  Penance, Anointing of sick, Baptism
c.  Matrimony, Holy Orders
d.  Confirmation, Baptism, Holy Orders
4.  What are the three elements that would determine if a sin is mortal, as opposed to venial?
a.  If it involves hurting an actual person, whether we know the person or not, whether we like the person, or not.
b.  The sin is grave or serious in itself, knowledge that it is grave or serious matter, full consent of the will in the light of that knowledge.
c.  The action or sin has serious consequences, knowledge of the seriousness, no mitigating or lessening circumstances exist.
d.  Serious intentions, serious circumstances, serious consequences.
5.  What does the word angel mean?
a.  a purely spiritual creature
b.  messenger
c.  flight attendant
d.  master of man/servant of God
6.  What are the 3 critical and essental elements of Divine Revelation:
a.  God's will, Sacred Scripture, The Church
b.  God's intent, The Church, the Trinity
c.  Sacred Scripture, Divine intent, the College of Cardinals
d.  Sacred Scripture, Sacred Tradition, Magisterium
7.  What is the Magisterium of the Church;
a.  The College of Cardinals in their electoral capacity
b.  The bishops united to the Pope as a teaching authority
c.  The final court of appeals in Church law
d.  the Pope's personal attendants
8.  Which of the Ten Commandments specifically deal with truth and sins against truth:
a.  The ninth and tenth Commandments
b.  The first, second and third Commandments
c.  The fifth Commandment
d.  The eighth Commandment





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  • Thankfully I've forgotten most of what they brainwashed me with, save for the power of forgiveness, treat others as you would have yourself be treated. The hypocrisy was too much to take. The death penalty in light of 'Thou shalt not kill' ... the buggering of little boys etc., the cover-ups of widespread child abuse. The size of the vatican abnk and all of the money that just sits there not helping people. What did Jesus say about the money lenders again? In fact ... what *did* Jesus say? The King James version of the bible being a bastardization of the original aramaic.

    But what always bothered me was the 'hiding behind' faith. The fear of applied logic, which is fundamental to sensory perception and what it is to be human.

    Faith is the abandonment of questioning - the basic function of the human mind. It is the antithesis, counterpoint and complete bypass of logical thought. It is scared by, and nullified by rational reasoning. Thought is acidic to Faith - it is the anti-matter in the universe of Faith. Thought holds the flame of truth to the fancy Chinese lanterns of Faith - seeming so perfect and beautiful on the outside, yet really just paper-thin and fragile to the touch. Nothing solid is offered by Faith, only the name of a man. Jesus of Nazareth. Once cast under the light of logic and reason ... the supernatural events and sophistry that the Bible offers up for Christians to believe in ... simply blow away like fine dust in the wind. Improbably. Impossibly.

    It is far less destructive to dismiss as primitive beliefs the result of cultural Chinese whispers down through the ages, than to blindly adopt both improbable and scientifically impossible events as the sole basis of one's core belief and value systems. Faith is a conscious decision unconsciously istigated to completely and unequivocally leave one's senses.

    I might have faith in an engine, for example. I could trust a motorbike to get me from point A to point B. That faith would be based on : my knowledge of that bike's long-term history ; its recent behaviour ; the current condition of the bike ; knowing both the fuel and oil levels ; knowing the distance and condition of the road to be traveled. I would also have varying degrees of faith in that engine, based on the variables presented to me in the equation of my faith. For example, if the air in my tires is low, and there's not much petrol in my tank, then I seriously doubt I'll complete a long journey without first rectifying those conditions. Now for me to have *complete* faith in that bike before embarking on a long journey through wilderness - without having an idea of all of the variables to some degree - would be reckless an most incorrect of me. To merely say "I have faith in my bike" and that is enough .... is to make a conscious/unconscious decision that requires a complete and unequivocal leave of rational thought and one's senses.

    However, as with all questions of weight, there is a paradox at the heart of it. It is equally as stupid, ignorant and arrogant to say that God absolutely exists, as it is to say that he does not.

    Et cetera et cetera, ad infinitum .....

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