If you have been a believing and practicing Catholic for a long time, you probably think that you know them well. But let’s put that to the test.
1. First Test
Saint Jerome: “Ignorance of Scripture is ignorance of Christ.” Have you read the entire Bible? Have you read or re-read the entire New Testament recently? Is your understanding of Catholicism firmly grounded in Scripture, such that you can cite or quote passages that support each doctrine? Do you adhere to the heresy, often condemned by the Magisterium, that the Bible is only inerrant on matters of faith and morals, or on matters pertaining to salvation, and that errors are found in the Bible on matters of science or history or other topics?
If you do not know Sacred Scripture well, then you do not know Christ well. If you reject parts of the Bible, as if the Bible had erred in any way on any subject, then you are rejecting Christ.
2. Second Test
Ignorance of Church teaching is ignorance of Christ. How well do you understand the teachings of the Magisterium on the Sacraments, the Divine Nature, Christology, Mariology, moral theology, salvation theology and other matters of faith? Can you give a clear and coherent explanation of each basic doctrine of the Church?
If you do not understand the teachings of the Magisterium well, then you do not know Christ well. If you reject the teachings of the Magisterium, then you reject Christ.
3. Third Test
Are there any teachings of Scripture, Tradition or the Magisterium which you believe to be in error? If you reject the teachings of Tradition, Scripture, Magisterium, then you are rejecting the teachings of Jesus. Or do you think that these teachings cannot possibly be true, because Jesus would never teach certain things which are in fact taught by Tradition, Scripture, Magisterium?
If you do not recognize the profound and subtle wisdom of Christ in Tradition, Scripture, Magisterium, then you do not know Him very well.
4. Fourth Test
Are you living according to the teachings of Tradition, Scripture, Magisterium? Do you attend Mass on Sundays and holy days? Do you go to Confession regularly? Do you avoid every grave sin condemned by the teachings of the Church (especially abortion, contraception, and sexual sins)? Do you commit any type of grave sin without repentance and confession? Do you spread the Gospel by loving God and neighbor?
Those who know and love Jesus will change their lives to become ever more like Him, and ever more like His most perfect disciple, Mary.
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