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Frequently Asked Questions
about
GOOD WORKS

Q. 1 What are good works?

A. 1 The three emminent good words are: almsgiving, prayer and fasting.

Q. 2 Does the Catechism of the Catholic Church speak of this?

A. 2 Yes it does. It states:

"The New Law practices the acts of religion: almsgiving, prayers and fasting, directing them to the 'Father who sees in secret,' in contrast with the desire to 'be seen by men.' [Mt. 6:1-6; 16-18] Its prayer is the Our Father." [Mt. 6:9-13; Lk. 11:2-4] (C.C.C. # 1969)

Q. 3 What Bible verses are associated with these goods works?

A. 3 Regarding almsgiving, you have:

"Beware of practicing your piety before others in order to be seen by them; for then you have no reward from your Father in heaven. So whenever you give alms, do not sound a trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, so that they may be praised by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward. But when you give alms, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your alms may be done in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you." [Mt. 6:1-6]

Regarding fasting, you have:

"And whenever you fast, do not look disma, like the hypocrites, for they disfigure their faces so as to show others that they are fasting. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward. But when you fast, put oil on your head and wash your face, so that your fasting may be seen not by others but by your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you." [Mt. 6:16-18]

Regarding prayer, you have:

"Pray then in this way: Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And do not bring us to the time of trial, but rescue us from the evil one." [Mt. 6:9-13; Lk. 11:2-4]



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