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The Heart of Faith: A Field Guide for Catechumens and Candidates

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"Becoming Catholic is a process of falling in love. The person we're falling in love with, over and over again, more and more deeply, is Jesus Christ. To become Catholic, you have to open your heart to the love Jesus has for you and return that love as best you can."

So begins The Heart of Faith, where catechumens and baptized candidates quickly learn that Jesus Christ will be their focus throughout their journey through the catechumenate. They will learn what they need to do to become Catholic too, of course, as...

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Overview

"Becoming Catholic is a process of falling in love. The person we're falling in love with, over and over again, more and more deeply, is Jesus Christ. To become Catholic, you have to open your heart to the love Jesus has for you and return that love as best you can."

So begins The Heart of Faith, where catechumens and baptized candidates quickly learn that Jesus Christ will be their focus throughout their journey through the catechumenate. They will learn what they need to do to become Catholic too, of course, as they discern, pray, worship, break open the Word, and try to live their daily lives as followers of Christ.

They will learn in particular what living the way of Christ looks like. The author says it involves these four things:

a conversion of mind and heart;

an understanding of what the Church teaches;

a loving heart;

a true desire to be initiated (or received into full communion).

He guides catechumens and baptized candidates through the entire process of preparing for initiation or reception into full communion. He also covers the major rites (e.g. the Rite of Acceptance, the Rite of Election, the scrutinies) as well as keeping Lent, celebrating the Triduum, and life after baptism.

This is a warm and wonderful companion for parish catechumens and baptized candidates, one they will value and treasure long after they become Catholics.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781585958177
  • Publisher: Twenty-Third Publications/Bayard
  • Publication date: 12/13/2010
  • Pages: 120
  • Sales rank: 1,230,023
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Table of Contents

How to use this book vii

Important dates on your journey of faith ix

Introduction 1

Evangelization by hanging out

The power of prayer

Heaven is now

The heart of becoming Catholic

Catholic or Christian?

Who is Jesus?

Living the Jesus way 8

How to read the stories about Jesus

Are you on the right path?

Discerning God's will for us

Imagine seeing God 17

The ways we see Jesus

Symbol

How to read the symbols

Primary symbols

Water

See the world with Catholic eyes 27

Worship

The story

Introduction

Part I: God speaks to the people

Part II: The people thank God

Conclusion: The people go out to do God's work

Live a life of worship 39

Preparation

Participation

Action

Live the word 46

Metaphor

Bible

Lectionary

Church teaching

Yourself

Live in community 54

Sheepfold

Field

Building

Bride

Body

Serve the poor 59

Ten themes of service

Summary

What's expected of you? 65

Beginners in faith

Ready for more commitment

Baptized Christians, living the faith

Becoming a catechumen

Preparing for baptism 73

Deciding if you are ready

Godparent

The Rite of Election

The "already-elect"

Lent

Ash Wednesday

Fasting

Scrutinies

Passion (Palm) Sunday

Triduum

Baptized Candidates

Your baptism 87

Welcome to the big leagues

Appendices 91

Postures for prayer 92

Catholic customs 94

Annulments 99

Outline of the Mass 102

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