Catechism of the Catholic Church Section 3:21 – Him only shall you serve (2093-2109) by Fr Guy de Gaynesford

2CCC Artwork for podcast Section 3093-2109. Having considered the three theological virtues of faith, hope and charity in the light of the first commandment, Fr Guy goes on to look at what we owe to God: ‘Charity leads us to render to God what we as creatures owe him in all justice’ (2095). The virtue of religion disposes us to adoration, prayer and sacrifice, leading us to offer our very selves to God as St Paul encourages us to do: ‘Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship’ (Romans 1:12).

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Catechism of the Catholic Church Section 3:20 – The First Commandment: Faith and Hope (2087-2092) by Fr Guy de Gaynesford

2CCC Artwork for podcast Section 3087-2092. Fr Guy resumes his examination of the obligations of the First Commandment. He looks more closely at two of the theological virtues, faith and hope, and at the ways we can sin against them in relation to this commandment as outlined in the Catechism.

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Catechism of the Catholic Church Section 3:19 – You must love the Lord your God with all your heart (2083-2089) by Fr Guy de Gaynesford

20CCC Artwork for podcast Section 383-2089.  The First Commandment states: ‘I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.  You shall have no other gods before me.  You shall not make for yourself and graven image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth; you shall not bow down to them or serve them (Exodus 20:2-5).  Jesus, when tempted by the Devil in the wilderness responds to one of his taunts by echoing this first commandment: ‘You shall worship the Lord your God and Him only shall you serve’ (Matthew 4:10). Elsewhere he summed up man’s duties toward God in this saying: ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind and with all your strength’ (Luke 10:27, cf. Matthew 22:37). Fr Guy begins to explore these key statements of the Christian faith.

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Catechism of the Catholic Church Section 3: 18 The Ten Commandments (2052-2082) by Fr Guy de Gaynesford

CCC Artwork for podcast Section 32052-2082. ‘Teacher, what good deed must I do to inherit eternal life?’ To the young man who asked this question, Jesus answers … ‘If you would enter life, keep the commandments’. Fr Guy de Gaynesford is now able to continue his commentary on the Catechism with this introduction to the Ten Commandments – the ‘Ten Words of God’.

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Catechism of the Catholic Church Section 3 – 17 Moral Life and the Magisterium (2030-2051) by Fr Guy de Gaynesford

CCC Artwork for podcast Section 32030-2051. The Church is Mother and Teacher. From the Church the Christian receives the Word of God containing the teachings of the ‘law of Christ’ (Galatians 6:2). From the Church he receives the grace of the sacraments to sustain him on the way. From the Church he learns the example of holiness and recognizes its model in the all-holy Virgin Mary (2030). Fr Guy explains what is meant by the Magisterium of the Church and why we can trust her teaching.

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Catechism of the Catholic Church Section 3 – 16 Merit (2006-2029) by Fr Guy de Gaynesford

CCC Artwork for podcast Section 32006-2029.  Beginning with a useful revision of the aspect of the quality of grace outlined in paragraph 2005 of the Catechism, Fr Guy continues by exploring the doctrinal concept of merit. The Catechism states that the merit of man before God in the Christian life arises from the fact that God has freely chosen to associate man with the work of his grace.  Thus the fatherly action of God is first on his own initiative but then follows the possibility of our free acting through his collaboration with the will of God and in this lies merit.  With his characteristic clarity and precision, Fr Guy explains this key aspect of the Catholic faith to make the basic principles simple to grasp. Essential listening for those who wish to enter more fully into this beautiful and inspiring doctrine and truly a spur to attempting to live a holier life.

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Catechism of the Catholic Church Section 3 – 15 Grace (1996-2005) by Fr Guy de Gaynesford

CCC Artwork for podcast Section 31996-2005. Our justification comes from the grace of God. Grace is a favour, the free and underserved help that God gives us to respond to his call to become children of God, adoptive sons and daughters, partakers of the divine nature and of eternal life. Grace is a participation in the life of God, it is supernatural, sanctifying. It asks for our free response.

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