Baltimore Catechism 2016 – 2017 Question of the Month
October: What are the three theological virtues? The three theological virtues are faith, hope, and charity.
The powers of the Holy Spirit make our souls strong. The powers He gives us are like muscles for our soul.
November: What is faith? Faith is the virtue by which we firmly believe on the word of God all the truths He has revealed.
Faith is BELIEF in God. Faith says, “I believe everything God has said simply because He has said it, no matter how impossible it seems; for example, the Eucharist is really Christ’s Body and Blood.”
December: What is hope? Hope is the virtue by which we firmly trust that God will give us eternal happiness and the means to obtain it.
Hope is TRUST in God. Hope says, “I trust that God will help me get to heaven because He is able and has promised to do so, no matter how impossible it seems because of my own weaknesses.”
January: What is charity? Charity is the virtue by which we love God above all things for His own sake, and our neighbor as ourselves for the love of God.
Charity is LOVE of God. Charity says, “I love God above all things simply because He is good and deserves to be loved. I will try to please Him in everything by always seeking to know and do His will. I will love everyone else for His sake.”
February: Which are the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit? The seven gifts of the Holy Spirit are: wisdom, understanding, counsel, fortitude, knowledge, piety, and fear of the Lord.
The power of the Holy Spirit, which our ship catches by unfolding the sails of the gifts, enables us to do even things that are humanly impossible. It is the gifts of the Holy Spirit in the souls of the Saints that explain the seemingly impossible things in their lives.
March: How do the gifts of the Holy Spirit help us? The gifts of the Holy Spirit help us by making us more alert to discern and more ready to do the will of God.
April: Which are some of the effects in us of the gifts of the Holy Spirit? Some of the effects in us of the gifts of the Holy Spirit are the fruits of the Holy Spirit and the beatitudes.
May: Which are the twelve fruits of the Holy Spirit? The twelve fruits of the Holy Spirit are: charity, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, long-suffering, mildness, faith, modesty, self-control, and chastity.