We're on a Mission from God: The Generation X Guide to John Paul II and the Real Meaning of Life [NOOK Book]

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The generation of Catholics who have come of age since Vatican II is different in many respects from Catholics of their parents' generation. These younger Catholics have grown up in a world - and a Church - which has changed tremendously in a very short period of time. They were raised in a society which encouraged them to question what their parents accepted on faith. They were formed by a system of religious education which was in many ways struggling to keep up with rapid ...
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We're on a Mission from God: The Generation X Guide to John Paul II and the Real Meaning of Life

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Overview

The generation of Catholics who have come of age since Vatican II is different in many respects from Catholics of their parents' generation. These younger Catholics have grown up in a world - and a Church - which has changed tremendously in a very short period of time. They were raised in a society which encouraged them to question what their parents accepted on faith. They were formed by a system of religious education which was in many ways struggling to keep up with rapid social change.

John Paul II is a pope for these times. He recognizes that today's young people have many questions. He sees emerging in them a deep and sincere faith struggling for definition and for support. In response, he has designated a special, bi-annual event - World Youth Day, where he comes to youth to bring the truth and the love of the Roman Catholic Church.

In this book, Mary Beth Bonacci joins with John Paul II in bringing young Catholics a clearer understanding of the Church and their role in it. She takes his quotes from the five World Youth Day events and "unpacks" them, explaining the truths of the faith clearly and concisely. This book is perfect for the Catholics of "Generation X" - and for Catholic "youth" of any age who wish to understand and to deepen their faith.

"Bonacci conveys the pope's message with excitement and verve. I wish I had this book as a teenager. Mary Beth speaks to teens with a rare openess and understanding."
-Karl Keating, Author, Catholicism & Fundamentalism

"A long overdue, down to earth but precise presentation of the truths of our Catholic Faith, not only for young people, but even for older folk who may have never been presented with the solid content of the Church's faith."
- Rev. Msgr. Michael Wrenn, Author, Catechisms and Controversies

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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940000918203
  • Publisher: Ignatius Press
  • Publication date: 8/11/2010
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 615,817
  • File size: 276 KB

Table of Contents

Introduction 9
1 Can Being a Christian Make Me Happy? 15
2 What's the Meaning of Life? 20
3 How Holy Do I Have to Be? 24
4 Why the Catholic Church? 31
5 What's a Sacrament? 36
6 Does Baptism Really Matter? 39
7 Why Bother Going to Confession? 44
8 We Don't Really Eat Christ's Body, Or Do We? 50
9 What Does the Church Really Say about Sex and Marriage? 55
10 Whom Does God Call to Religious Life? 68
11 What about Other Christians? 80
12 Why Do We Pray to Mary? 85
13 What If I'm Not Sure I Believe All This Stuff? 91
14 How Should I "Clarify My Values"? 96
15 How Do I Know When to Trust My Conscience? 101
16 Am I Supposed to Love Myself? 106
17 What Are We Supposed to Be Doing While We're Here? 115
18 God Wants Me to Spread the Gospel? 121
19 But How Can I Get Up the Guts to Talk to My Friends about This Christianity Stuff? 128
20 Could It Be, Hmm ..., Satan? 137
21 Is the Church Really against Contraception? 142
22 Abortion: How Can I Impose My Morality on Anyone Else? 154
23 Abortion: So It's Wrong. What Am I Supposed to Do about It? 158
24 Should Christians Be Environmentalists? 173
25 Why Is Life So Unfair Sometimes? 178
26 Ask Not If Your Country Can Pray for You. . . . 182
27 To Whom Can I Turn When I Really Need a Friend? 189
28 How Does My Relationship with God Affect My Relationships with My Friends? 198
29 Talk to My Parents? 206
Epilogue 210
For Further Reading 213
Acknowledgments 215
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 20, 2007

    We're On A Mission From God by Mary Beth Bonacci

    Mary Beth Bonacci¿s, We¿re On A Mission From God, is a brilliant book. The book itself is like a reference guide for young Catholics, who are struggling with their faith. Bonacci gives answers and advice to these people hoping that they will receive a better understanding of their purpose in life. Bonacci also refers to Pope John Paul II¿s teachings to help the youth discover the truth about God and what he wants from them. And that is their respect and trust. The main topics that the Catholic youth seems to be struggling with these days are love: relationships and sex, commitment: to the Church and God and understanding: their purpose in life and the rules they must follow to get to Heaven. A quote that Bonacci uses almost entirely throughout the book, stated by Pope John Paul II, is that we should ¿¿live life abundantly.¿ This means that we should live life to its fullest and not waste it away with things like drugs, sex and alcohol. God wants us to come to him with pure hearts. Bonacci believes that the only way to get to Heaven is by ¿¿following the rules,¿ the rules that God set in stone when he came to Moses on the hill. Will these young Catholics step up to the plate and fight for their God? Will they conquer their fears and triumph over the devil as he tempts them to turn away from Heaven and join him in Hell? Only time will tell, while each generation continues on.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 10, 2000

    A Real Faith Booster

    'We're On A Mission From God', is one of the most inspiring books I have read. I am a teen from the Generation X who, at first, had my doubts about my faith, and doubts about God. I barely went to church and definately didn't pray everyday. I was assigned this book to read for my school's summer reading. I thought this book would be just another book to get through and then stuff it in the back of closet and never think about it again. Instead the book made me have a positive outlook on life. It gave me a better understanding about the Catholic Church and about how I should live my life. It renewed my faith and gave me hope for the future. I strongly recommend this book to teenagers, and adults, who don't have a strong relationship with God and who don't realy understand their faith. This book has changed my life, and it can change your's too.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 27, 2012

    Love what I read.

    Can't wait to purchase this book.

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