Sunday, August 22, 2010

Catechism of the Day

What does God say of all these Commandments?
He says thus:

I, the Lord, thy God, am a jealous God,
visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children
unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate Me,
and showing mercy unto thousands of them that love Me
and keep My Commandments.

What does this mean?
God threatens to punish all
that transgress these Commandments.

Therefore we should fear His wrath
and not act contrary to them.

But He promises grace and every blessing
to all that keep these Commandments.

Therefore we should also love and trust in Him
and willingly do according to His Commandments.

Quid autem summatim dicit Deus de his praeceptis omnibus?
Sic dicit:

Ego, Dominus Deus tuus, sum fortis zelotes,
visitans iniquitatem patrum in filios
in tertiam et quartam generationem eorum, qui oderunt me;
et faciens misericordiam in millia his, qui diligunt me
et custodiunt praecepta mea.

Quae est horum verborum sententia?
Deus minatur poenam omnibus,
qui ista praecepta transgrediuntur et violant.

Debemus itaque expavescere et timere iram Dei
et nihil contra huiusmodi praecepta facere.

Rursus promittit etiam suam gratiam et omnia bona
omnibus, qui mandata illa observant.

Merito igitur debemus Deum diligere et illi confidere
et iuxta mandata eius omnem nostram vitam sedulo et diligenter instituere.

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