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This book uses political, religious, and cultural history to examine catechesis. Sister de Luna establishes that religiosidad popular, the core theme for Hispanic theology, is Christian and Catholic and traces its elements in Church catechisms of the sixteenth through the twentieth centuries. She goes on to examine the relationship between theology of beauty, catechesis, and spirituality establishing that the three disciplines were integral to faith formation in the early church, but were separated through the centuries. An in-depth analysis of six selected catechisms reveals that popular religion as a combination of faith and culture was evident at the beginning of Hispanic Catholicism in the sixteenth century. The investigation notes the gradual elimination and eventual replacement of the cultural aspects in the catechetical texts in the nineteenth century. The author concludes that the reunification of the cultural spiritual symbols with the presentation of doctrine could revitalize catechesis and bring Christian evangelization to a renewed effectiveness.
Chapter 1 Introduction: Spirituality, Spiritual Practice, and the Catechetical Text Chapter 2 Catechesis, Theology of Beauty and Spirituality Chapter 3 Religiosidad Popular: Embodying Tejano Spirituality Chapter 4 Sixteenth Century: Genesis of the Hispanic Catechism Chapter 5 Tejano Incorporation: The Beginning of the End of the Hispanic/Latino Catechism Chapter 6 Appropriation: Fostering Spiritual Leaders for Tejanos Chapter 7 Conclusions: Tejano Spirituality, A Mestizo Contribution