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Memorizing the Baltimore Catechism
"The Baltimore Catechism from 1885-1960's was the main textbook for teaching religion in Catholic Schools. In retrospect, I am astonished at how we learned it page by page, year by year, until we eventually memorized the whole book."
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As a young child, the words "God's loving care" was a simpler way of understanding the formal term for it in our Baltimore Catechism. What is the more formal term for "God's loving care" that we later learned?
In Fourth grade, during our spelling lesson, we learned the difference between the words "capital" and "capitol". How surprising to find that capital was also in our catechism in relation to sin! Which of these is not a "capital sin"?
In first grade, an early understanding of the word "charity" was explained to us as a synonym for the word, "love". Later we learned "charity" was part of a combination of the virtues, Faith, Hope, and Charity. What is that term which we learned for the virtues Faith, Hope, and Charity?
The Theological Virtues
The Actual Virtues
The Foundation Virtues
The Eternal Virtues
Early on, we learned about "grace", as we knew we received it at our Baptism. Our third grade teacher, Sister Grace Mary IHM, told us that there were two kinds of grace we would learn from our Catechism. What did she tell us the two types of grace were?
Merciful and Eternal Grace
Granted and Fortifying Grace
Obvious and Mysterious Grace
Sanctifying and Actual Grace
Now that we knew from our catechism that we received "grace" from the sacraments, we were to learn more ways to help us stay in the state of grace. Into 6th grade now with Sister St. Winifred IHM , who taught us the benefits of the Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit. Which of the following is not a gift of the Holy Spirit?
A study of a way of life given by Jesus on The Sermon on the Mount, included "Blessed are the Peacemakers, for they shall be called children of God". What are the eight instructions that Jesus gave, commonly called?
From Third now to Seventh Grade, and guess who, Sister Mary Grace IHM again! We had learned "The Apostle's Creed", but now we were to dissect all its meaning. Which phrase in the Apostle's Creed means "the union of the faithful on Earth, the blessed in Heaven, and the souls in Purgatory, with Christ as their Head"?
The Communion of Saints
The Holy Trinity
The Counsel of Goodness
The Acts of the Apostles
Now that we were aware that "grace" could be obtained in many different ways, Sister Marie Irene IHM explained to us that we were obtaining grace, each morning, afternoon, and before the end of classes. How were we children obtaining grace?
Naming the sacraments
Cleaning our desks
Our memory box is really getting full now, as Sister Santa Elisa IHM also explained there were "corporal" works of mercy" which we could also practice. Which of these is not a corporal work of mercy?
To pray for the living and the dead
To clothe the naked
To feed the hungry
To visit the sick
Here we are in 8th grade, ready for June and promotion to high school. Sister James Thomas IHM wants us to remember which word ends the Apostle's Creed. This answer we not only knew in relationship to the Creed but to the final chapter of the Baltimore Catechism. What was that word?
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