Page 129. " We have to know the Ten Commandments, the Seven Virtues, Divine and Moral, the Seven Sacraments, the Seven Deadly Sins "


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According to the catechism, the Seven Deadly Sins can be classified beside the Seven Virtues they oppose.  

For example, Pride/ Humility, Anger/Meekness, Envy/Love, Lust/Chastity, Gluttony/ Moderation, Laziness/Zeal, Greed/Generosity.



Page 130. " the early Christians who huddled in the catacombs "


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Between the third and the seventh century,  over six million pagan, Jewish and Christian burials took place in the catacombs beneath Rome. It is also where persecuted Christians were able to bury their dead in secret.  Some of the burials were very elaborate with rooms carved out of the rock, decorated with frescoes. Most examples of  Christian art before about 400 AD are here - images and sculptures of the gospel stories and scriptures.


Page 131. " And will they take any of that money and send it to the little black babies in Africa? "

During the 1950s, collection boxes, decorated with pictures of wide-eyed black babies, were left in shops, schools and other public places to raise money for the Catholic missions in Africa. 

Page 131. " Limbo is packed with little black babies flying around and crying for their mothers "

Not an official doctrine, the idea of limbo was thought up by Roman Catholic theologians some time in the 13th century to solve the problem of what happened to unbaptised babies.  Although they had not been freed from Original Sin, they surely did not deserve to go to purgatory or hell: limbo was the answer – somewhere between heaven and hell.

Pope John Paul dropped limbo from the 1992 catechism, and it is believed that Pope Benedict, the present pope, is in favour of dropping the concept too.

Page 137. " She was the champion woman pisser of Ireland and married Cuchulain and that's why to this day she is called Great Bladdered Emer "
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Yeats, in his  poem, "Crazy  Jane on the Mountain," refers  to "Great-Bladdered Emer".  It is explained in a footnote that strength and volume of the bladder were considered signs of vigour.






Page 140. " That's why they have different sins, the sacrilege, the mortal sin, the venial sin "

Sacrilege is the irreverent treatment of sacred things, people or things.

A mortal sin is so called because it is considered to be the death of the soul.  It applies to such things as murder and adultery, if carried out with full knowledge and full consent.  Catholics may not receive Communion if they have not confessed to mortal sins.

Venial sin is not so serious – for example, selfishness, anger, or lack of generosity.

Page 149. " Grandma sleeps in a big bed upstairs with a picture of the Sacred Heart of Jesus over her head and a statue of the Sacred Heart on her mantelpiece. "


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The Sacred Heart is an important symbol for believers, an image of the love of God.

It is usually represented by a heart shining with divine light surrounded by a crown of thorns.  The Feast of the Sacred Heart is celebrated on the first Friday of June.