Part III, Ch. 5

1. What means did Jesus use to save the world?

2. What is required of us if we are to help save others? Why?

3. Why is the Blessed Mother considered the Co-Redemptrix? How?

4. Why did She suffer more than all the saints, all the apostles, and all the martyrs combined?

5. Besides suffering what else do holy souls impose upon themselves?

6. What does sin consist of?

7. Why did Christ suffer? Why do all of His apostles need to suffer?

8. Complete this…”Every sin is ….”

9. How has the cross been viewed?

10. Why did Jesus tell Peter to get behind Him?

11. When did the Apostles understand the value of suffering?

2 thoughts on “Part III, Ch. 5

  1. Jesus saved the world through his prayers, preaching, and showed us how to live. Most importantly, he saved the world by His Passion and Death.

    If we want to save others, we must first suffer. Christ suffered. If we choose to save our brothers, we too must carry our own crosses.

    Mary is considered the Co-Redemptrix because she prayed and suffered in union with Christ, in all His sufferings and for His intentions. Her suffering was greater than all the saints, the apostles, and martyrs because she suffered right along with Christ in His Passion and Death.

    Besides suffering, true apostles impose on themselves all kinds of penance in order to give their activity its full efficacy.

    Sin consists of enjoying a forbidden pleasure – a pleasure of the spirit, by pride, or a pleasure of the flesh, by gluttony and, especially, by impurity.

    Christ suffered to expiate the sin of the world. Christ conquered death once and for all. Apostles suffer in order to live like Christ lived and to atone for one’s sin. Atonement consists in accepting or in imposing sufferings upon oneself to counterbalance these offenses. On Earth, there is no better means of showing love than suffering, voluntarily undergone for the beloved.

    Every sin is a failing against love.

    For unbelievers, the cross is viewed as foolishness. For the souls weak in their faith, the cross is a stumbling-block.

    When Jesus tells the apostles about his upcoming suffering at the hands of the elders, Scribes, and chief priests, Peter tells Jesus that He should not have to suffer. That is when Jesus tells Peter to “Get behind me, Satan….” At that time, Peter did not understand the reason why Christ must suffer.

    Peter and the apostles did not understand the value of suffering until the Holy Spirit came upon them and gave them the mind of Christ. Henceforth, they were willing to suffer for their Master and to spread the gospel message at all cost.

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  2. Part III Ch. 5
    1. Jesus prayed, preached, and gave us the example of how we should live. He saved the world primarily by His Passion and Death.
    2. We are not dispensed from suffering. If our apostolate is a continuation of Christ’s mission, how can you save souls except through Christ and the means which He Himself used?
    3. The Church honors the Blessed Virgin as the Co-Redeemer, the co-operator with Christ in the redemption of the world, and yet she did not preach.
    4. Mary suffered more than all the saints, all the apostles, and all the martyrs combined. She suffered in union with Christ, in all His sufferings and for His intentions.
    5. Like Christ and our Blessed Mother, all true apostles have understood the redemptive value of suffering. Each applied to himself the words of the Apostle Paul, “I fill up in my body what is lacking in the sufferings of Christ for the Church” (Col.1:24). The one who knows best how to suffer in union with Christ is the true militant.
    6. Sin consists in enjoying a forbidden pleasure-a pleasure of the spirit, by pride, or a pleasure of the flesh, by gluttony and especially by impurity.
    7. Christ suffered because of sin. As His apostles, if you wish to conquer for Christ those who have sinned against love by seeking the forbidden satisfactions of the spirit or of the flesh, it is necessary that you, like Christ, offer your sufferings as acts of expiation and of love..
    8.Every sin is a failing against love. Compensation will be made by loving more. But on earth there is no better means of showing love than suffering, voluntarily undergone for the beloved.
    9.Throughout the ages, the cross has been foolishness for the unbelievers and a stumbling-block for souls weak in their faith. The Apostles themselves were scandalized in the beginning.
    10.Jesus began to show His disciples that He must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things from the elders, Scribes and chief priests, and be put to death and on the third day rise again. Peter, remembering his prerogatives, began to chide His Master saying, “Far be it from Thee, O Lord; this will never happen to Thee.” But Jesus turning, said to Peter; “Get behind me, Satan, thou art a scandal to me; for thou dost not mind the things of God, but those of men.” (Matt. 16: 13-23)
    11.After the retreat at the Cenacle, where they spent ten days in prayer “with Mary, the Mother of Jesus,” the Holy Spirit came to give them the mind of Christ. Then they understood, and thereafter they were happy to suffer for their Master and to pour out their blood for the spread of His doctrine.

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