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Knowing Your Faith: All Basic Catholic Beliefs


A short Catechism of Catholic teachings, practices, and worship intended for both adults and high school students. It makes use of questions and answers as well as brief instructions to present the basics of the Catholic Faith. Illustrated.

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A short Catechism of Catholic teachings, practices, and worship intended for both adults and high school students. It makes use of questions and answers as well as brief instructions to present the basics of the Catholic Faith. Illustrated.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780899422596
  • Publisher: Catholic Book Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 7/17/2006
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 1,341,033
  • Product dimensions: 4.41 (w) x 6.74 (h) x 0.43 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 3
Part 1 Our Creed of Catholic Teachings 11
Chapter I. What Religion Is 14
The Importance of Religion 14
Chapter II. God Reveals Saving Truths to Us 15
What Revelation Is All About 15
The Holy Bible in Itself 15
Divine Inspiration of the Bible 17
What "Gospel" Means 17
The Gospel Writers 18
Our Sacred Church Tradition 18
Use of the Bible by Catholics 19
Chapter III. One God In Three Divine Persons, The Most Blessed Trinity 21
The Apostles' Creed 21
Who God Is 22
God's Existence Proven 22
God's Attributes or Perfections 23
The Most Blessed Trinity 24
The Problem of Evil in Our World 24
Chapter IV. God the Creator of Angels, All Human Beings, And Everything Else 25
The Angels 25
Evil Spirits 25
Human Beings 26
Chapter V. Of Sin, Original and Personal 27
Our Original Sin Inherited from Adam and Eve 27
Actual Sin, Personal and Communal 28
The Nature, Kinds, and Conditions for Personal Sin 29
The Seven Capital Sins 30
Chapter VI. Jesus Christ, True God and True Man Our Lord and Redeemer 31
The Divinity and Humanity of Jesus 31
Christ's Death, Mankind's Redemption 32
Chapter VII. The Holy Spirit and God's Graces and Virtues for Us 35
The Holy Spirit, Third Person of the Blessed Trinity 35
God's Helping or Actual Graces For Us 36
Sanctifying Grace, Life of Our Soul 37
Chapter VIII. Our Aim Is For Holiness of Life 39
The Theological Virtues 39
The Moral Virtues 40
The Beatitudes or Promised Blessings From Christ 40
Our Own Imitation of Jesus During Life 41
The Holy Rosary 42
Life as a Diocesan or Religious Priest, Sister, or Brother 43
Chapter IX. Our Catholic Church 44
Founded by Jesus Christ, Our Lord, Himself 44
The Pope as Successor of St. Peter and Visible Head of the Church on Earth 45
Church Government 45
Our Bishops and Priests 47
Distinctive Marks of Christ's Church 48
Powers Given by Christ to His Church 48
People Who Are Saved 50
Chapter X. Our Blessed Mother and the Saints 51
The Prerogatives of Mary, Mother of Jesus 51
Our Devotion to Our Blessed Lady 52
St. Joseph, Foster Father of Jesus and Husband of Mary 53
The Saints, Our Heavenly Helpers 54
The Stations of the Cross 55
Chapter XI. Christ's Resurrection and Ours in the Happiness of Heaven 57
Christ in Glory 57
Our Death 58
Our Happiness in Heaven, Body Reunited with Soul 59
The Souls in Purgatory 61
The Hell of the Damned 61
The General Judgment of All Mankind 62
The End of Our World 62
Part 2 Our Code of Catholic Morality 63
Chapter XII. Love in Our Lives and God's Ten Commandments to Help us 66
An Informed Conscience, the Norm for Good Moral Living 66
Love in Our Lives 67
List of God's Helpful Ten Commandments For Our Well-being 69
God's Ten Commandments in Brief 70
God is First--The 1st Commandment of God for Our Good 70
Atheism's Loss 71
Sins Against Faith 71
Honoring God's Holy Name--The 2nd Commandment of God for Our Good 72
Some Sacredness on Weekends--The 3rd Commandment of God for Our Good 73
Obeying Parents and Those in Authority--the 4th Commandment of God for Our Good 74
Respecting Parents and Authorities 75
Parents Toward Children 76
Avoiding Harm to People--The 5th Commandment of God for Our Good 77
Harm to Ourselves 78
Harm Against Others 78
Sexual Self Control--The 6th and 9th Commandments of God for Our Good 80
Respecting the Human Body 80
Aids For Sexual Purity 81
Respecting Others' Property--the 7th and 10th Commandments of God for Our Good 82
Avoiding Harm to Others 82
Cooperating in the Sin of Another 83
Good Speech--The 8th Commandment of God for Our Good 84
Do Unto Others As You Would Have Them Do Unto You 85
Chapter XIII Precepts or Guiding Laws of the Catholic Church to Assist Us 87
The Purpose and List of Church Precepts for Catholics in the United States 87
Participating at Mass--The 1st Precept of the Church to Assist Us 88
Catholic Holy Days in the United States 89
Our Church Liturgical Year 90
Confession and Holy Communion--The 2nd Precept of the Church to Assist Us 91
Religious Education--The 3rd Precept of the Church to Assist Us 93
Marriage Rules--The 4th Precept of the Church to Assist Us 94
Supporting the Church--the 5th Precept of the Church to Assist Us 95
Doing Penance--The 6th Precept of the Church to Assist Us 96
Cooperating in Apostolic Works--the 7th Precept of the Church to Assist Us 97
Part 3 Our Cult of Catholic Worship 99
Chapter XIV. God's Graces for Us From Christ's Seven Sacraments and the Holy Mass 102
What a Sacrament Is and Does for Us 102
Baptism--The Sacrament of the Life-giving Graces of Christ Within Us 103
Confirmation--The Sacrament of Responsible Caring 107
The Holy Eucharist--The Sacrament of Christ Himself Present to Us 108
Jesus Himself Instituted the Holy Eucharist 109
Holy Eucharist Is Jesus Christ Truly Present 111
Our Holy Sacrifice of the Mass 112
What We Profit from the Benefit of Holy Mass 113
Gaining from Our Receiving of Communion 116
Reconciliation or Penance--The Sacrament of Peace 118
What Going to Confession Means to Us 118
The Priest in Confession 124
Anointing of the Sick or Aged The Sacrament of Peaceful Anticipation 126
What the Sacrament Is and Does for Our Sick and Aged 126
Holy Orders--The Sacrament of the Great Gift to Our Priests 128
What this Sacrament Is and Does for Our Priests 128
The Powers Conferred on Our Priests 129
Vocations to the Priesthood Today 130
Laypeople Also Share in the Priesthood of Christ 131
Matrimony--The Sacrament of Togetherness throughout Life 132
God Instituted Marriage and Christ Elevated it to a Sacrament 132
What this Sacrament Is and Does for Our Marrying Couple 132
Preparing for Marriage 136
Chapter XV. The Sacramentals--Many Little Blessings 137
Effects of Using the Sacramentals 138
Valuable Appendices 140
A Useful Questions For Each Chapter 141
B Summary of Chief Vatican II Messages 150
C Basic Catholic Prayers 156
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