Being Catholic: How We Believe, Practice and Think

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This book is…an act of witnessing, a testimony to the generosity of God that Catholics experience in accepting and living out the gift of faith that Christ has bestowed on them.—from the Introduction

A bishop is not only a spiritual shepherd but a teacher. In Being Catholic Archbishop Pilarczyk teaches in clear, concise language the basic beliefs and practices of Catholics and what shapes a Catholic's thinking. The book discusses:

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This book is…an act of witnessing, a testimony to the generosity of God that Catholics experience in accepting and living out the gift of faith that Christ has bestowed on them.—from the Introduction

A bishop is not only a spiritual shepherd but a teacher. In Being Catholic Archbishop Pilarczyk teaches in clear, concise language the basic beliefs and practices of Catholics and what shapes a Catholic's thinking. The book discusses:

HOW WE BELIEVE: Believing Catholic is a matter of knowing, understanding and responding to a story-the true story of God's love for us. It offers "the fundamentals that have to be there if thinking and practicing Catholic are going to have any appeal or make any sense."

HOW WE PRACTICE: Reflections on the behaviors that express our faith and our membership in the Church, such as going to Mass, receiving the sacraments and raising children Catholic. By being a practicing Catholic, we strengthen our behaviors so we can proclaim them to others.

HOW WE THINK: A series of thoughtful, pastoral and heartfelt reflections on all aspects of our lives in the world, seen through the eyes of one deeply faithful to the tradition and teachings of the church. Topics for "Thinking Catholic" include respect for life, spiritual maturity and a universal Church.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780867167085
  • Publisher: Franciscan Media
  • Publication date: 2/28/2006
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 246
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.66 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction vii
Part 1 Believing Catholic 1
Introduction 3
Chapter 1 Faith: Saying "We Believe" 5
Chapter 2 Creation: The Masterpiece 11
Chapter 3 Creation: The Ongoing Story 17
Chapter 4 Sin: The Wrench in the Works 23
Chapter 5 Jesus of Nazareth: God's Gift 29
Chapter 6 Resurrection: The Fulfillment 35
Chapter 7 Incarnation: The God-Man 41
Chapter 8 Salvation: The Accomplishment 47
Chapter 9 Grace: The Sharing 53
Chapter 10 Church: The Community 59
Chapter 11 Church: The Mission 65
Chapter 12 Trinity: The Source 71
Chapter 13 Glory: The Goal 77
Conclusion: Praying the Story 83
Part 2 Practicing Catholic 87
Introduction 89
Chapter 1 Going to Mass on Sunday (and Holy Days) 93
Chapter 2 Receiving the Sacraments 99
Chapter 3 Praying 105
Chapter 4 Visiting the Blessed Sacrament 111
Chapter 5 Doing Penance and Exercising Self-Control 117
Chapter 6 Getting Married in the Church 123
Chapter 7 Raising the Children Catholic 129
Chapter 8 Being an Active Member of a Parish 135
Chapter 9 Offering It Up 141
Chapter 10 Being in Touch With Mary and the Saints 147
Chapter 11 Being Willing to Be Different 153
Chapter 12 Dying Catholic 159
Conclusion 165
Part 3 Thinking Catholic 171
Introduction 173
Chapter 1 A Wonderful World 177
Chapter 2 Guests at God's Celebration 181
Chapter 3 Our Host Is With Us 185
Chapter 4 Life on Loan 189
Chapter 5 A Happy Ending 193
Chapter 6 It All Depends 197
Chapter 7 Sinners All 201
Chapter 8 Significant Others 205
Chapter 9 Having Isn't Happiness 209
Chapter 10 Friends of Jesus 213
Chapter 11 Keeping in Touch 217
Chapter 12 The Whole Picture 221
Chapter 13 Called Into Christ Together 225
Chapter 14 Learning 229
Conclusion 235
Index 239
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