|Please Note: Q&A:
Q. What do I need to do to make a good confession? A: In order to make a good confession, an individual should do the following: 1. Examine one’s conscience. 2. Be sorry for one’s sins 3. Commit to not sin again 4. Confess one’s sins to a priest 5. Make a good act of contrition and perform or pray your penance. (There have been written a number of good pamphlets for the laity which assist in the examination of conscience; ask your confessor for assistance.)
Q: What is Purgatory? A: Purgatory is a place where souls suffer for a time after death on account of their sins. Those souls that go to purgatory left this world in venial sin, or had not fully paid the debt of temporal punishment due to those sins of which guilt was forgiven in the Sacrament of Penance. Q: What is temporal punishment? A:Temporal punishment is punishment which will have an end, either in this world, or in the world to come. The constant teaching of the Church has been that there is a Purgatory and that souls go there. Also, Holy Scripture declares that God will render to every man according to his works; that nothing defiled shall enter heaven and that some will be saved, ‘yet so as by fire’. (Matt. 16:27; Apoc. 21:27; 1 Cor. 3:15) We can assist the souls in Purgatory by praying for them and having the Liturgies offered for the intention of ending their suffering.
Q: Will Faith alone save us? Faith alone will not save us without good works; we must also have Hope and Charity.
Q: What is Hope? A: Hope is a supernatural gift of God, by which we firmly trust that God will give us eternal life and all the means necessary to obtain it, if we do what He requires of us.
Q: Why must we hope in God? A: We must hope in God because He is infinitely good, infinitely powerful, and faithful to His promises.
Q: What is Charity? A: Charity is a supernatural gift of Gof by which we love God above all things, and our neighbour as ourselves for God’s sake.
Q: Why must we love God? A: We must love God because He is infinitely good in Himeslf and infinitely good to us.
Q: How do we show that we love God? A: We show that we love God by keeping His commandments: for Christ says, ‘If you love Me, keep My commandments.’ (John 14:15)
Q: Can we do any good work of ourselves towards our salvation? A: We can do no good work of ourselves towards our salvation; we need the help of God’s grace.
Q: What is Grace? A: Grace is a supernatural gift of God, freely bestowed upon us for our sanctification and salvation.
Q: How must we obtain God’s grace? A: We must obtain God’s grace chiefly by prayer and the holy Sacracments.
Q: What is prayer? A: Prayer is the raising up of the mind and heart to God.
Q: How do we raise up our mind and heart to God? A: We raise up our mind and heart to God by thinking of God; by adoring, praising, and thanking Him; and by begging of Him all blessings for soul and body.
Q: Do those pray well who, at their prayers, think neither of God nor of what they say? A: Those who, at their prayers, think neither of God nor of what they say, do not pray well; but they offend God, if their distractions are wilful.
Q: Which is the best of all prayers? A: The best of all prayers is the ‘Our Father’ or the ‘Lord’s Prayer’.
Q: What is a Sacrament? A: A Sacrament is an outward sign instituted by Jesus Christ to give grace.
Q: Are there certain Sacraments that can only be received once? A: Yes, Baptism, Confirmation and Holy Orders can be received once because these Sacraments imprint a "character in the soul" - i.e. imprinting a spiritual mark in the soul that lasts forever. to be continued…