This is Catholicism, Episode 70: How to Achieve Perfection

In this episode of This is Catholicism, Father Philip Eldracher and Justin Eldracher continue their discussions Christian perfection with advice on how to achieve it.

Father Philip Eldracher

Father Philip Eldracher

A Complete Catechism of the Catholic Religion by Father Joseph Deharbe, S.J. was originally written in German, was very popular in the 19th century, and was translated into English. Bishop Donald Sanborn finds the Deharbe Catechism to be the most complete to convert and instruct people in the Catholic Faith.

Father Eldracher is currently pastor of Mary Help of Christians chapel and provides the Traditional (Tridentine) Latin Mass to faithful Catholics throughout Australia.


You can show your appreciation by supporting the Australian Mission where Fr. Eldracher is based by helping out with this crowd funder (remember that your USD goes a lot further in Australian dollars!):  and


Part 2: On The Commandments (continued)
Chapter V: Virtue and Christian Perfection

39. What means must a Christian use, let his condition be what it may, in order to attain to Perfection?
40. How should we deny ourselves?
41. How may we most easily perform our daily actions m a manner acceptable to God?
42. How should we do our daily work after the example of Christ?
43. What should we do when we take our meals?
44. May we also be allowed to take recreation?
45. What should our intercourse with our neighbour be?
46. How should we act in our afflictions?

Part 3: On The Means of Grace
Chapter 1: Grace in General

1. Can we, by our own natural strength, keep the Commandments and be saved?
2. What do we understand by the grace of God?
3. How many kinds of this supernatural help and gift, or of 'Grace' properly so called, are there?

Episode Notes:

The text is available in the public domain for free online as a PDF. Used copies and reprint versions can still be found and purchased.

“A Complete Catechism of the Catholic Religion” by Father Joseph Deharbe S.J. on

The music used in this show was composed by Nicholas Wilton. To enjoy more of his work go to:

Original Air Date: April 19, 2024
Show Run Time: 33 minutes
Show Host: Justin Eldracher
Show Guest: Fr. Philip Eldracher

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