- What rule of life must we follow if we hope to be saved?
If we hope to be saved, we must follow the rule of life taught by Jesus Christ.
- What are we bound to do by the rule of life taught by Jesus Christ?
By the rule of life taught by Jesus Christ we are bound always to hate sin and to love God.
- How must we hate sin?
We must hate sin above all other evils, so as to be resolved never to commit a wilful sin, for the love or fear of anything whatsoever.
- How must we love God?
We must love God above all things, and with our whole heart.
- How must we learn to love God?
We must learn to love God by begging of God to teach us to love him: ‘0 my God, teach me to love you’.
- What will the love of God lead us to do?
The love of God will lead us often to think how good God is; often to speak to him in our hearts; and always to seek to please him.
- Does Jesus Christ also command us to love one another?
Jesus Christ also commands us to love one another that is, all persons without exception – for his sake.
- How are we to love one another?
We are to love one another by wishing well to one another, and praying for one another; and by never allowing ourselves any thought, word, or deed to the injury of anyone.
- Are we also bound to love our enemies?
We are also bound to love our enemies; not only by forgiving them from our hearts, but also by wishing them well, and praying for them.
- Has Jesus Christ given us another great rule?
Jesus Christ has given us another great rule in these words: ‘If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me’. (Luke 9:23)
- How are we to deny ourselves?
We are to deny ourselves by giving up our own will, and by going against our own humours, inclinations, and passions.
- Why are we bound to deny ourselves?
We are bound to deny ourselves because our natural inclinations are prone to evil from our very childhood; and, if not corrected by self-denial, they will certainly carry us to hell.
- How are we to take up our cross daily?
We are to take up our cross daily by submitting daily with patience to the labours and sufferings of this short life, and by bearing them willingly for the love of God.
- How are we to follow our Blessed Lord?
We are to follow our Blessed Lord by walking in his footsteps and imitating his virtues.
- What are the principal virtues we are to learn from our Blessed Lord?
The principal virtues we are to learn from our Blessed Lord are meekness, humility, and obedience.
- Which are the enemies we must fight against all the days of our life?
The enemies which we must fight against all the days of our life are the devil, the world, and the flesh.
- What do you mean by the devil?
By the devil I mean Satan and all his wicked angels, who are ever seeking to draw us into sin, that we may be damned with them.
- What do you mean by the world?
By the world I mean the false maxims of the world and the society of those who love the vanities, riches, and pleasures of this world better than God.
- Why do you number the devil and the world amongst the enemies of the soul?
I number the devil and the world amongst the enemies of the soul because they are always seeking, by temptation and by word or example, to carry us along with them on the broad road that leads to damnation.
- What do you mean by the flesh?
By the flesh I mean our own corrupt inclinations and passions, which are the most dangerous of all our enemies.
- What must we do to hinder the enemies of our soul from drawing us into sin?
To hinder the enemies of our soul from drawing us into sin, we must watch, pray, and fight against all their suggestions and temptations.
- In the warfare against the devil, the world, and the flesh, on whom must we depend?
In the warfare against the devil, the world, and the flesh we must depend not on ourselves, but on God only: ‘There is nothing I cannot master with the help of the one who gives me strength.’ (Philippians 4:13)