Essentials of the Faith: A Guide to the Catechism of the Catholic Church

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Essentials of the Faith, Updated: A Guide to the Catechism of the Catholic Church by esteemed catechist Alfred McBride, O.Praem., is your concise guide to the fundamental teachings of the Catholic Church. Everything you need to know about the Faith is presented in short topical chapters, tied directly to the principles explained in the Catechism of the Catholic Church, Second Edition.

Essentials of the Faith is more than a brilliant guide to the Catechism. It's also a practical...

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Overview

Essentials of the Faith, Updated: A Guide to the Catechism of the Catholic Church by esteemed catechist Alfred McBride, O.Praem., is your concise guide to the fundamental teachings of the Catholic Church. Everything you need to know about the Faith is presented in short topical chapters, tied directly to the principles explained in the Catechism of the Catholic Church, Second Edition.

Essentials of the Faith is more than a brilliant guide to the Catechism. It's also a practical handbook for putting those teachings into daily life. Suggested reflections, prayers, and daily action help you live out what you've learned. Father McBride's concrete suggestions for life application help all of us make the doctrines of the Church not just what we believe, but how we live.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781931709538
  • Publisher: Our Sunday Visitor (IN)
  • Publication date: 8/28/2002
  • Edition description: Updated
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 223
  • Sales rank: 449,760
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface 11
Introduction 13
Part 1 Creed: The Faith Professed
Chapter 1 Our Capacity for God 24
Chapter 2 God's Loving Quest for Us 27
Chapter 3 Faith Is a Dialogue of Love 30
Chapter 4 The Holy Bible 33
Chapter 5 I Believe in God 37
Chapter 6 Trinity--God as a Community 40
Chapter 7 Why Do We Call God Our 'Father'? 43
Chapter 8 The Creation--'Like Looking at God' 46
Chapter 9 Man and Woman--A Little Less Than the Angels 49
Chapter 10 Original Sin 53
Chapter 11 Praise the Son of God 56
Chapter 12 Conceived by the Spirit--Born of the Virgin 59
Chapter 13 Holy Mary, Mother of God 62
Chapter 14 The Jesus of the Gospels 65
Chapter 15 Hold High the Cross 68
Chapter 16 The Glory of Easter 71
Chapter 17 The Second Coming of Jesus 74
Chapter 18 The Spirit Is Our Dynamo 77
Chapter 19 Scripture Tells the Holy Spirit's Story 80
Chapter 20 The Spirit Gives Birth to the Church 83
Chapter 21 Why Do We Speak of the Church as 'Mystery'? 86
Chapter 22 How Is the Church the People of God? 89
Chapter 23 The Four Marks of the Church 92
Chapter 24 We Believe in the Communion of Saints 95
Chapter 25 Mary Is the Mother of the Church 98
Chapter 26 The Forgiveness of Our Sins 101
Chapter 27 The Resurrection of Our Bodies 104
Chapter 28 What Happens After Death? 107
Chapter 29 The Last Judgment 111
Part 2 Sacraments: The Faith Celebrated
Chapter 30 Liturgy as Paschal Mystery 116
Chapter 31 Why Call Liturgy a 'Celebration'? 119
Chapter 32 Sacraments--The Body of Christ at Prayer 123
Chapter 33 Baptism--Born of Water and the Spirit 126
Chapter 34 Confirmation--Becoming a Courageous Catholic 129
Chapter 35 Eucharist--The Supper of the Lamb 132
Chapter 36 How Real Is the Real Presence? 136
Chapter 37 Forgiveness Heals People 140
Chapter 38 Is There Anyone Sick Among You? 144
Chapter 39 Bishops, Priests, and Deacons 147
Chapter 40 The Sacrament of Marriage 151
Chapter 41 Marriage Is Forever 155
Part 3 Commandments: The Faith Lived
Chapter 42 Christian Morality Is Life in Christ 160
Chapter 43 What Is a Christian Moral Life? 163
Chapter 44 The First Commandment--Love God Totally 167
Chapter 45 The Second Commandment--Reverence the Sacred 170
Chapter 46 The Third Commandment--The Joy of Worship 173
Chapter 47 The Fourth Commandment--Empower the Family 176
Chapter 48 The Fifth Commandment--Stop the Killing 179
Chapter 49 The Sixth Commandment--Practice Fidelity 183
Chapter 50 The Seventh Commandment--Be Honest and Just 186
Chapter 51 The Eighth Commandment--Tell the Truth 189
Chapter 52 The Ninth Commandment--Cleanse Your Heart 192
Chapter 53 The Tenth Commandment--Reject Greed 195
Part 4 Our Father: The Faith Prayed
Chapter 54 Prayer Is the Power of the Heart 200
Chapter 55 The Seven Lessons of the Our Father 203
Bibliography 206
Church Documents 206
Other Resources 206
Appendices 209
Prayers Every Catholic Should Know 209
The Rosary 211
Seven Sacraments in the Catholic Church 211
Seven Capital Sins 212
Order of the Mass 212
Rite of Reconciliation for Individuals (Penance, Confession) 213
Responsibilities for Catholics 214
Laws of the Church 215
Holy Days of Obligation (in the United States) 216
Regulations for Fast and Abstinence (in the United States) 216
Index 217
About the Author 223
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