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Baltimore Catechism I, Lesson 02. On God and His Perfections

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This second lesson of Baltimore Catechism I is intended for children preparing for First Communion in the Catholic Church. We will study the Church’s teaching on God and dhis perfections.

It is impossible for man to say anything about God himself because we cannot know God. Anything we say about God will be confusing because God himself is a mystery and beyond anything we can understand or imagine. We can only speak about the things God has made and about characterstics found in God. Because any characteristic found in God is perfect, we call these God’s “perfections”.

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Lesson Second: On God and His Perfections

The commentary provided on this lesson is intended for parents. Students should simply memorize the answers to the questions below. The content will be explained to the students in future Catechism courses.

13. Q. What is God?
A. God is a spirit infinitely perfect.

14. Q. Had God a beginning?
A. God had no beginning; He always was and He always will be.

15. Q. Where is God?
A. God is everywhere.

16. Q. If God is everywhere, why do we not see Him?
A. We do not see God, because He is a pure spirit and cannot be seen with bodily eyes.

17. Q. Does God see us?
A. God sees us and watches over us.

Q. Does God know all things?
A. God knows all things, even our most secret thoughts, words, and actions.

Q. Can God do all things?
A. God can do all things, and nothing is hard or impossible to Him.

Q. Is God just, holy, and merciful?
A. God is all just, all holy, all merciful, as He is infinitely perfect.

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