Sunday, December 28, 2008

Catholic Challenge of the Week (Dec 28 to Jan 3)

Our faith must have these 4 qualities: 1. Universal; 2. Firm; 3. Lively; and 4. Constant.

 

Q1. When is our faith ‘universal’ (全信)?

 

Q2. When is our faith ‘firm’ (堅信)?

 

Q3. When is our faith ‘lively’ (有生命的信德)?

 

Q4. when is our faith ‘constant’ (持久的信)?

 

What I am basically asking is to define the 4 qualities of faith.

 

Please use the comments section to answer the questions. Answers will be posted automatically on next Sunday, January 4, at 3 AM Vancouver time. 

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Answers for Last Week:

Q1: But if God orders and directs all things in the world, why, then, is there so much evil done? Does He will it? (為何世上有凶惡?)

A1: No, God wills not the evil; but He permits it (天主容許凶惡), 1. Because He has created man free (天主尊重人的自由); and 2. Because He knows also how to turn evil into good (天主能從惡抽出善).

Q2: And if God takes care of all things, why are we subject to so many sufferings? (為何世上有痛苦?)

A2: 1. That the sinner may acknowledge the chastisement of God and mend his ways, and not perish for ever (為改正罪人); and 2. That the just man may be more and more purified, and more abound in merits, and thus obtain a greater reward in Heaven (為煉淨義人).

Q3: But why does God often permit the wicked to prosper, whilst evil befalls the good? (為何惡人享樂,善人受苦?)

A3: 1. Because He will not only deter the sinner from his evil ways by punishment, but will also win him by benefits (為賺取罪人的心); 2. Because He reserves to Himself to punish the wicked, and to reward the good, especially in eternity (為保留賞罰至永怛); and 3. Because He will not even leave the little good which the wicked may do entirely unrewarded, and, therefore, as He cannot reward it in the next world on account of their impenitence, He will reward it here below (為在現世賞報應受永罰的罪人所行的一點善行).

Q4: How ought we to receive the sufferings that come upon us? (如何面對痛苦?)

A4: We ought to receive them as graces of God (接受痛苦像接受恩賜一樣); for ‘whom the Lord loveth He chastiseth’ (Hebr. xii. 6); and ‘before he be glorified, it [his heart] is humbled’ (Prov. xvii. 12).

Further Explanations of Answers based on Sacred Scriptures: 

Examples for A 1:

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Examples for A 2:

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Scriptures References for A 3:

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Scriptures References for A 4 & Application:

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