This brief test is a challenge to see
how much you really know with respect to your Catholic faith. These will be ten simple questions that are
rather simple but catechetical in nature.
PERMANENT FORMATION. Professionals must constantly brush up,
study, learn, and be on the cutting edge of learning and technology. The
concept of permanent formation should apply even more seriously to
Christian-Catholic followers of Christ.
The reason behind the urgency of this assertion is due to the primary
importance of our soul and the importance of the eternal salvation of our
Jesus sums this up in this short but
poignant phrase: “What would it profit a man to gain the whole world and to lose his life
in the process.” St. Ignatius
persistently badgered Francis Xavier with this Biblical verse until Xavier
capitulated, gave in, made the Spiritual Exercises and was radically
transformed. He became one of the greatest missionaries in the history of the
St. Francis Xavier teaching
Now we will launch ten simple
catechetical questions and see how we make out on these. The questions will be posed, but it is up to
you to research to answer for your own profit. Maybe these questions are overly
simple for you. If so praise the Lord, but keep growing and climbing in your
spiritual life. Then, make sure that you share this quiz with your families,
friends, and why not even “non-believers” so that one day they may indeed
The Spiritual life is like climbing
mountains. Once you have reached the summit and peak of one mountain, then
there is always another mountain, higher and more challenging to climb. By way
of analogy, we must keep climbing until we reach the mountain of God, which is
heaven! Off we go! Let us initiate our
catechetical challenge and climb!
Moses receives the ten Commandments
THE TEN COMMANDMENTS. Name in order the Ten Commandments of the Law
of God. Who did God first give these
Commandments? Where can we find them in
THE SACRAMENTS. Can you name them? A few more challenging
questions! How many can be received only
once? Which of these Sacraments leave an indelible mark, which is called the
St. John XXIII and St. John Paul II
POPES? Let us test you now on the Papacy! Can you name in order the last ten
Popes? Which of these Popes lasted the
longest? Which of these last ten Popes lasted the shortest? What was the
present Pope’s name before he was elected and chosen to be Pope?
GOSPELS! Can you name the Gospels in
order! Great! Now without looking can
you tell the number of the chapters in each one of the Gospels? If you do not
know, then of course you will have to look it up! Lastly, what does the word
Gospels: do you know them?
MARIAN TEST! Can you name the four different series in the
Rosary, starting with the “Joyful Mysteries?”(Oops, I gave you the first…) Now,
name all of the twenty mysteries in their proper order. If you get an “A+” Our
Lady will be smiling from heaven without a doubt!!! Take it one more step: get
into the habit of praying the Rosary!
MARIAN DOGMAS! Can you name the four Marian dogmas that have
been proclaimed in the course of the 2000 years history of the Catholic Church?
Which was the last? Who proclaimed it? When? When do we celebrate this last
one? Hint: it is in the middle of the summer and the very middle of the month
of August!!! If you get an A+, Our Lady will smile all the more!!!! Get this
question right? Maybe you are called to be a catechism teacher!
Our Lady with Child
TEST ON THE HOLY SPIRIT! Can you name the
seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit? According to St. Thomas Aquinas, the Angelic
Doctor, which would be the greatest of the seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit? May
the Holy Spirit enlighten you, or move you to find these all-important Gifts!
The study of the Last things. Can you name the “four last things”? Once
memorized make it a habit to meditate on these at least for two minutes every
day. This will help us to distance ourselves from sin and focus on our eternal
CHRISTOLOGY! Jesus should be the very center of our lives.
St. Ignatius, introducing us to contemplation, invites us to grow deeper in
knowing Jesus, loving Jesus and then a real willingness to follow Him. Here is
your question and challenge with respect to Jesus Christ: give five different
titles or names for Jesus! The Gospels, of course, would be the best references
for this Christological question! If you
really love Jesus, then you should get to know Him better through the different
names and titles that he has! Then, these titles can even enrich our prayer
Jesus surrounded by the angels
10. ANGELS! Can you name the different choirs of
angels that were categorized by of course the Angelic Doctor Saint Thomas
Aquinas? Then, after this challenging question, can you name three Archangels
mentioned in the Bible? Still a greater challenge: can you tell the meaning of
those three Archangels that you have just mentioned. They all have “Hebrew”
origin! Now, I wonder if the angels will
be rejoicing in your testing on them? If you do not know, then it is up to you
to find out! Then you will be a master of this knowledge of your friends—the Holy
Angels of God. By the way, when we are speaking of angels, we are not referring
to a Baseball team that plays ball somewhere in California!
Our Lady came to Fatima as catechist
Now, after you have completed
successfully this catechetical test, why not take it one step further! Why not
at the dinner table as a dynamic to
spice up summer vacation launch these questions to your family members, maybe
guests or whoever happens to be invited to dinner that night! Then whoever wins the most answers, reward
him/her with ice-cream and cookies. The loser well maybe hit the sink and wash
the dishes! Why not accept this dynamic learning game!