Doctrinal Sermons on the Catechism of the Catholic Church

Overview

There have been serious complaints since Vatican II that many Catholics do not know the basic teaching of the Church on the essentials of the faith, such as the Ten Commandments, the Seven Sacraments, the Sacrifice of the Mass and the twelve articles of the Creed. That was one of the main reasons for the production of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, which was mandated by Blessed John Paul II and published in the 1990s.

After Vatican II there was much emphasis on preaching ...

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Overview

There have been serious complaints since Vatican II that many Catholics do not know the basic teaching of the Church on the essentials of the faith, such as the Ten Commandments, the Seven Sacraments, the Sacrifice of the Mass and the twelve articles of the Creed. That was one of the main reasons for the production of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, which was mandated by Blessed John Paul II and published in the 1990s.

After Vatican II there was much emphasis on preaching that explains the daily readings from the Bible. That is what we now call a "homily." Traditionally a sermon has been preaching on some point of doctrine or morals, illustrated and supported by quotes from the Bible. An unintended and unanticipated result of the homily has been the neglect of sermons and a lack of preaching on the fundamentals of the Catholic faith.

When the Catechism appeared, some bishops, like Cardinal John J. O'Connor of New York, gave sermons based on it for over a year.

The 54 doctrinal sermons in this book are presented in the hope that priests will make use of them to prepare real sermons that explain the basic truths of the Catholic faith. The sermons follow the basic outline of the Catechism: Creed, Sacraments, Commandments, and the Our Father.

The purpose of these sermons is to promote a better understanding in the minds of the faithful of the beauty and depth of truth contained in our holy Catholic faith. The grasp of that truth should result in an increase of faith, hope and charity.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781587311895
  • Publisher: St. Augustine's Press
  • Publication date: 5/30/2012
  • Edition description: 1
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Fr. Kenneth Baker, s.j., is Editor Emeritus of the Homiletic & Pastoral Review, which he edited for forty years from 1971 to 2010. Fr. Baker is the author of the three-volume Fundamentals of Catholicism (Ignatius Press, 1983), Inside the Bible (Ignatius Press, 1998), and most recently Preach the Word (St. Pauls/Alba House, 2010).

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Table of Contents

                         
Introduction
Bible
Revelation
Faith
Hope
Charity
Article 1 – Belief
Article 2 – Jesus
Article 3 – Conceived
Article 4 – Suffered
Article 5 – Descended into Hell
Article 6 – Ascended into Heaven
Article 7 – Second Coming
Article 8 – Holy Spirit
Article 9 – Church
Article 10 – Forgiveness
Article 11 – Resurrection
Article 12 – Life Everlasting
Sacrament 1 – Baptism
Sacrament 2 – Confirmation
Sacrament 3 – Eucharist
Sacrament 4 – Penance
Sacrament 5 – Anointing
Sacrament 6 – Holy Orders
Sacrament 7 – Matrimony
Commandment 1 – One God
Commandment 2 – God’s Name
Commandment 3 – Sunday
Commandment 4 – Honor Parents
Commandment 5 – Murder
Commandment 6 – Adultery
Commandment 7 – Stealing
Commandment 8 – False Witness
Commandment 9 & 10 – Coveting
Prudence
Justice
Temperance
Fortitude
Death
Judgment
Heaven
Hell
Purgatory
Sin
Eternity
Seven Gifts of Holy Spirit
Twelve Fruits of Holy Spirit
Our Father – Our Father
Our Father 1 – Thy Name
Our Father 2 – Thy Kingdom
Our Father 3 – Thy Will
Our Father 4 – Daily Bread
Our Father 5 – Forgiveness
Our Father 6 – Temptation
Our Father 7 – Evil
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