The Mystery of Faith: An Introduction to Catholicism

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In his familiar, conversational style, Father Himes invites the reader to consider ten basic truths of Catholicism. Beginning with discussions of Trinity, Grace, the Incarnation and Salvation, Himes moves into an exploration of Church as the continuting presence of Jesus Christ in the world today. After discussing what Baptism and the baptismal commitment really involves, he focuses on Eucharist, showing the importance of the sacrament for personal growth and for the building of community. After discussing the ...

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Overview

In his familiar, conversational style, Father Himes invites the reader to consider ten basic truths of Catholicism. Beginning with discussions of Trinity, Grace, the Incarnation and Salvation, Himes moves into an exploration of Church as the continuting presence of Jesus Christ in the world today. After discussing what Baptism and the baptismal commitment really involves, he focuses on Eucharist, showing the importance of the sacrament for personal growth and for the building of community. After discussing the Sacraments of Matrimony and Holy Orders, Himes explores the importance of the sacrament of reconciliation in the Christian community, and concludes with a discussion of the great gift to the church that we know as tradition.

Based on Father Himes' popular video series, The Mystery of Faith, this book includes questions for reflection and discussion at the conclusion of each chapter. An excellent resource for small groups or parish learning communities seeking to revitalize and deepen their understanding of basic Catholic beliefs.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780867165791
  • Publisher: Franciscan Media
  • Publication date: 1/28/2004
  • Pages: 102
  • Sales rank: 315,326
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.25 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface 1
Chapter 1 Trinity 5
Chapter 2 Grace 11
Chapter 3 Incarnation 19
Chapter 4 Salvation 29
Chapter 5 Church 39
Chapter 6 Baptism 49
Chapter 7 Eucharist 59
Chapter 8 Sacraments of Vocation 69
Chapter 9 Reconciliation 79
Chapter 10 Tradition 87
Notes 95
Index 97
Scripture Index 101
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  • Posted August 29, 2009

    A fresh view of Catholicism

    This book takes a fresh look at essential Catholic teachings such as the sacraments, original sin, community, tradition. I found it very meaningful and inspiring and have given several copies as gifts.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 14, 2005

    Reflections on several central topics of Catholicism

    As Rev. Michael Himes reflects in his introduction to this book, it is essentially a synopsis of a series of videotapes compiled as a 'Mystery of Faith' lecture series. The book contains ten concise chapters covering the following topics: Trinity, Grace, Incarnation, Salvation, Church, Baptism, Eucharist, Savraments of Vocation, Reconciliation and Tradition. Each of the ten chapters concludes with a series of insightful questions for reflection. Whether for use by a group or for personal study and reflection, this book contains many interesting insights. Although the subtitle indicates that the book is an 'introduction to Catholicism', I would recommend the book to anyone interested in a further examination of the faith.

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