Precepts of the Church
Definition: The minimum effort required of the Catholic in prayer and morals (CCC 2041). There are five precepts of the Church. The first precept is mandatory attendance at Mass on all Sundays and Holy Days of Obligation. The second precept is confession of sins to a priest at least once a year. The third precept is eating a wafer (Jesus) at least during the Easter season. The fourth precept is to keep holy the Holy Days of Obligation (e.g. no unnecessary work). The fifth precept is to perform required days of fasting and abstinence.
Discussion: These man-made precepts promote a false assurance. “I may be a wicked adulterer and a mafia member, but at least I don’t miss Mass. I’m going to slip in the side door to heaven – purgatory!” God has slightly higher standards: Love Him with all you heart, soul, strength and mind and love your neighbor as yourself (Lk. 10:27). Praise God through Jesus Christ that our salvation is NOT based on what we do, but rather is according to God’s mercy (Tit. 3:5).
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