Catechesis

«Let us not be distracted by the false wisdom of this world, but to follow Jesus as the one sure guide who gives meaning to our life.»

«We must not turn our backs on the new forms of poverty and marginalization that prevent people from living a life of dignity.»

«Love requires a creative, concrete response. Good intentions are not enough. The other is not a statistic, but a person to take care of.»

Pope Francis @Pontifex
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«The grace of the Holy Spirit is indispensable for humankind’s salvation. Although gifted with an intellect and will, without grace, a human being is only a soul and body, because it does not understand the Spirit of God (Metropolitan Andrey Sheptytsky, The Gift of Pentecost). Being conscious of the absolute necessity of divine grace, the Church begins every divine service with the prayer “Heavenly King” thus invoking the Holy Spirit. The liturgical invocation of the Holy Spirit (in Greek, epiklesis) “upon us and these gifts here present” completes the consecration of the Holy Gifts and our own selves.
(Catechisms of the Ukrainian Catholic Church, Christ our Pascha, 260)

«The Holy Spirit bestows upon us a wealth of gifts. And though there is one Spirit, there are many gifts (1 Cor. 12, 4). “There is not a single gift that creation possesses that has not come from the Holy Spirit” (Saint Basil the Great, On the Holy Spirit, 19, 49). The Holy Spirit brings meaning and purpose to the history of humankind, directing it toward Christ, the Divine Logos. The Holy Spirit is the Source and Giver of every human life. It is the Holy Spirit who creates humankind in the image of Christ, making it a living soul, his temple and the dwelling place of the Most Holy Trinity».

(Catechisms of the Ukrainian Catholic Church, Christ our Pascha, 256)
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Let us allow ourselves to be humbly led by the Holy Spirit in order to avoid taking the wrong road and closing our hearts.

We must never forget that the natural environment is a collective good, the patrimony of all humanity and the responsibility of everyone.

The Church needs everyday saints, those of ordinary life carried out with coherence.

Humility and tenderness are not virtues of the weak, but of the strong.

Pope Francis @Pontifex

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«In his Ascension, Christ raised renewed human nature to divine glory. The liturgical stichera of the Ascension feast sings of the open “doors to heaven” and how Christ enters “into heaven,” where he is greeted by angelic powers in fear and trepidation. He is lifted up “upon the clouds,” above the cherubim and “higher” than heaven. As God, to him belongs a “place” at the right of the Father…”                    

(Catechisms of the Ukrainian Catholic Church, Christ our Pascha, 237)

 

«During the forty days after his Resurrection, Christ appeared to his disciples, confirming them in faith. He then ascended into heaven and was seated at the right hand of the Father: “He led them out as far as Bethany, and, lifting up his hands, he blessed them. While he was blessing them, he withdrew from them and was carried up into heaven. And they worshiped him, and returned to Jerusalem with great joy” (Lk 24, 50-52; Mk 16, 19).

The apostles’ joy lies in the fact that in his Ascension Christ does not abandon the world: “And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age” (Mt 28, 20). Christ invisibly abides in the world, in which humanity is called to attain salvation. The apostles receive from Christ the blessing and commission to preach the Gospel to all creation (Mt 16, 15) and to make disciples of all nations, baptizing and teaching them to observe all that Christ commanded them (Mt 28, 9-20).

                                    (Catechisms of the Ukrainian Catholic Church, Christ our Pascha, 236)

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«Our hope is the Lord Jesus whom we recognize as living and present in us and in our brothers and sisters».        

Pope Francis @Pontifex

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«By its very name, Christ – Our Pascha, our Catechism already points to the Paschal foundations of faith: Christ has “trampled death by death”, and by his Resurrection “has granted life eternal”. Faith in the Resurrection of Christ leads us to faith in God – the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit; for Christ, the Son of God, “one in the Holy Trinity”, in the Holy Spirit has revealed God the Father to us. The Church solemnly professes this faith of the apostles in the Niceno-Constantinopolitan Symbol of Faith”.

(Catechisms of the Ukrainian Catholic Church, Christ our Pascha, 6)

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«By his resurrection, Jesus Christ has set us free from the slavery of sin and death, and has opened before us the way to eternal life.»

 «Let’s work together to increase solidarity and sharing. Cooperation helps to build better and more peaceful societies

 «May our attitude be gentle and humble, attentive to caring for the poor                                          

           Pope Francis @Pontifex

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«Concerning faith in the risen Christ as the very source of Christian life, the apostle Peter preached the following: “Jesus of Nazareth …God raised him up, having freed him from death, because it was impossible for him to be held in its power… This Jesus God raised up, and of that we are all witnesses” (Acts of the Apostles 2:22-24,32). The significance of the Resurrection for our salvation is affirmed by the apostle Paul: “If Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile” (1 Corinthians 15, 17). Thus, for almost two thousand years, the Church has unceasingly witnessed and preached the Resurrection of Christ in order that people may believe and be saved: “How are they to call on one in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in one of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone to proclaim him? … So faith comes from what is heard, and what is heard comes through the word of Christ” (Romans 10:14,17).»                                                               

(Catechisms of the Ukrainian Catholic Church, Christ our Pascha, 2)

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«He died, He was buried. He rose and He appeared. Jesus is alive! This is the heart of the Christian message.»                                                           

           Pope Francis @Pontifex


«The growth of the Christian in deification is marked by the services of the Sundays from Pascha to Pentecost: it begins with the encounter with the Risen Christ (Sunday of Pascha, Thomas Sunday, and Sunday of the Myrrh-bearing Women), which leads to radical changes in particular persons – and in us as well (Sundays of the Paralytic, of the Samaritan Woman, and of the Man born blind). The image of “living water” at the feast of Mid-Pentecost indicates the promise of the Holy Spirit, through whose grace we receive divinization»                                                             

(Catechisms of the Ukrainian Catholic Church, Christ our Pascha, 572)

 

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«Let us meditate with wonder and gratitude on the great mystery of the Lord’s resurrection».

 

«Since Christ is resurrected, we can look with new eyes and new heart at every event of our lives, even the most negative one»

                                                                                    Pope Francis @Pontifex

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«The source of Christian life is faith in the risen Christ. This faith, formulated by the Church in the Nicene Creed, also known as the Niceno-Constantinopolitan Symbol of Faith, is expressed in her liturgical prayer. Through this liturgical prayer we become partakers of Christ’s Passover – partakers of new life in Christ. In this new life, we grow by means of spiritual work and moral effort…»                                 

 (Catechisms of the Ukrainian Catholic Church, Christ our Pascha, 1)

 

«Once we have ‘completed the Forty days that bring profit to our soul’, on Lazarus Saturday, the day that begins the Floral Triodion {in the Kyivan tradition}, the Church beseeches the Lord: ‘Grant us also to behold the Holy Week of Your Passion, that in it we may glorify your mighty acts’(Lazarus Saturday, Vespers). Indeed, we pray to behold the Resurrection, the Ascension, the sending of the Holy Spirit, and the glorious second coming. On the days of Passion Week, we liturgically commemorate and experience anew the last days of the earthly life of Jesus – his passion, death and burial – and we await his Resurrection, when the Lord, as a ‘grain of wheat, buried in the earth, has yielded a rich harvest, raising to life the mortal sons of Adam’ (Great and Holy Saturday, Matins).  

(Catechisms of the Ukrainian Catholic Church, Christ our Pascha, 571)

 

 

«Prayer is powerful. Prayer conquers evil. Prayer brings peace».

 «If we learn to read everything in the light of the Holy Spirit, we realize that everything is grace».

                                                                                                         Pope Francis @Pontifex

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«If we engage the Fast with zeal, we will experience what is described by Saint John Chrysostom in his teaching: ‘Having in this week attained the practice of not swearing at all; and in the following having extinguished wrath; and in that which succeeds it, having pulled up evil-speaking by the roots; and after that, having amended what yet remains; thus going forward in our course, we shall come by little and little to the very summit of virtue’ (Homilies on Statues, 4,6).

         (Catechisms of the Ukrainian Catholic Church, Christ our Pascha, 570 b.) 

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«Lent is a favourable season for deepening our spiritual life through fasting, prayer and almsgiving».

 «May the certainty of faith be the engine of our lives»

 «Fasting is fruitful when accompanied by concrete expressions of love towards our neighbors, especially those in difficulty».

«Let us remember our Christian brothers and sisters who are suffering persecution for their faith. May we be united with them».

 «The peace that springs from faith is a gift: it is the grace of feeling that God loves us and that he is always beside us».

                                                                                    Pope Francis @Pontifex

 

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«Saint John Chrysostom, in his teaching on fasting, emphasizes the fruits of fasting in the moral and spiritual life: ‘What advantage is it, if we have gone through the Fast devoid of good works? If another says, ‘I have fasted the whole of Lent’, then you should say, ‘I had an enemy, but I was reconciled; I had a habit of speaking evil of others, but I put a stop to it; I had a habit of swearing, but I have broken through this evil practice’” (Homilies on statues 16, 6).»  

                                        (Catechisms of the Ukrainian Catholic Church, Christ our Pascha, 570 a.) 

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«It is vital that we sow the seeds of goodness in order to cultivate justice, foster accord, and sustain integration, without growing weary».

 

«The Church wishes to be close to each person with the love, compassion and consolation that come from Christ».

 

«The word of God helps us to open our eyes to welcome and love life, especially when it is weak and vulnerable»

                                Pope Francis @Pontifex

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«The Lenten liturgical services progressively reveal the essence of true fasting: if we sow the “seeds of repentance” (First Sunday of Lent), our “shoots of virtues” will grow to maturity (Second Sunday of Lent), to allow us to consume the fruit of the life-giving Tree “which leads us back to paradise” (Third Sunday of Lent, the Veneration of the Holy Cross), and by way of the “spiritual ladder” (Fourth Sunday of Lent, Commemoration of Saint John of the Ladder) reach the summits of spiritual purification and repentance (Fifth Sunday of Lent, Commemoration of Saint Mary of Egypt).

                          (Catechisms of the Ukrainian Catholic Church, Christ our Pascha, 569{b}) 

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 «Lent is the favourable season for renewing our encounter with Christ, living in his word, in the sacraments and in our neighbour»

 «Let us pray for one another so that we may open our doors to the week and poor»

 «May the Holy Spirit lead us on a true journey of conversion, so that we can rediscover the gift of God’s word»   

                      Pope Francis @Pontifex

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«Authentic fasting means “to put away all evil, to control the tongue, to resist anger, and to abstain from lust, slander, falsehood, and perjury” (Apostichon , First Week of Great Fast). The meaning of fasting for the Christian is presented in a sticheron from the Vespers of Cheesefare Sunday: “Le us set out with joy upon the season of the Fast, and prepare ourselves from spiritual combat. Let us purify our soul and cleanse our flesh; and as we fast from food, let us abstain also from every passion. Rejoicing in the virtues of the Spirit, may we persevere with love, and so be counted worthy to see the solemn Passion of Christ our God, and with great spiritual gladness behold his holy Passover”. (Sticheron, First Week of Great Fast).      

(Catechisms of the Ukrainian Catholic Church, Christ our Pascha, 569{a} ) 

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 «Let us strive to fast during Lent with a smile, rather than a long face».

«Jesus is the faithful friend who never abandons us. Even when we sin, he patiently awaits our return».                                                       

                                                       Pope Francis @Pontifex

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«Every year Christians prepare for the celebration of holy Pascha during the time of the Great Fast (Lent). The Fast lasts forty days as an image of the forty-year journey of the People of God into the Promised Land and the forty-day fast of Christ in the wilderness.

By training the Christian to abstain from sin, the Fast leads to interior freedom and true joy. Throughout the Fast, the Church liturgically accompanies Christians with hymns from the Lenten Triodion that point to the deeper sense and purpose of the Fast – reconciliation with God and neighbour, service to God and others.»

(Catechisms of the Ukrainian Catholic Church, Christ our Pascha, 220)

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«Lent urgently calls us to conversion. We are called to return to God with all our heart.»

«Fasting is not only about abstaining from food. It also means sharing food with those who are hungry.»              

                                                                        Pope Francis @Pontifex

 

 

 

  

 

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