You've joined the Church or rediscovered your faith: Now what? If you're at a loss about how to participate fully in the Church, connect with your local parish, and understand all those "quirky" Catholic things they didn't cover in your catechism classes, this book can help. It offers practical advice and clears up misconceptions about what it means to be Catholic. Patrick Madrid is the perfect coach—able to offer encouragement when things seem odd or difficult, explain why Catholics say and do (and don’t say or do) certain things, and help new converts fully live their Catholic faith. Here is a practical guide for all those who feel out of their element now that they are in the Catholic Church.
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About the Author
Patrick Madrid is a best-selling author of more than eighteen books on Catholic themes. These include Does the Bible Really Say That?, 150 Bible Verses Every Catholic Should Know, Envoy for Christ: 25 Years as a Catholic Apologist, and On a Mission: Lessons from St. Francis de Sales. He hosts the popular Right Here, Right Now radio show, which is broadcast weekdays over the EWTN Catholic radio network as well as on Sirius Satellite radio. Patrick and his wife, Nancy, live in Granville, Ohio, and have been blessed with eleven children and twelve grandchildren (so far).
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 The Big Picture: Understand What It Means to Be Catholic 1
Chapter 2 Feast or Famine: Get the Most Out of the Mass and the Sacraments 21
Chapter 3 Friends of Distinction: Get to Know Our Lady and the Saints 45
Chapter 4 Smells and Bells: Become Familiar with Catholic Piety, Calendars, Customs, and Quirks 71
Chapter 5 When in Doubt: Learn the Rules of Catholic Etiquette 89
Chapter 6 When Storms Arise: Have Faith in the Church 109
Chapter 7 Teach a Man to Fish: Living and Learning the Catholic Faith for Life 119