The Joy of Believing: A Practical Guide to the Catholic Faith

The Joy of Believing: A Practical Guide to the Catholic Faith

by William Lori
The Joy of Believing: A Practical Guide to the Catholic Faith

The Joy of Believing: A Practical Guide to the Catholic Faith

by William Lori


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With clarity and insight, Archbishop William Lori of Baltimore helps readers discover the joy that comes from walking with Jesus and living our faith. Following the structure of the Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, Archbishop Lori explains what the Church believes and how we can best put those beliefs into practice in our everyday lives. In five questions following each chapter, the reader can reflect on the meaning of these truths for his or her own life. Among the topics covered are the Creed, the liturgy, the seven sacraments, the Ten Commandments, and prayer in the Christian life. This book provides a wonderful means to appreciate the beauty of the Catholic faith, thus renewing our zeal and desire to share the good news of Christ with others.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781593254667
Publisher: The Word Among Us Press
Publication date: 03/18/2015
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: eBook
Pages: 216
Sales rank: 790,441
File size: 972 KB

About the Author

Archbishop William E. Lori was named Archbishop of Baltimore by Pope Benedict XVI in 2012. He was born in Louisville, Kentucky, and was ordained to the priesthood in 1977. Named an auxiliary bishop of Washington in 1995, he became the Bishop of Bridgeport, Connecticut in 2001. For many years Archbishop Lori also served as supreme chaplain to the Knights of Columbus. A courageous voice for religious liberty, he is chairman of the Ad Hoc Committee on Religious Liberty of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

Table of Contents

Foreword Carl A. Anderson, Supreme Knight, Knights of Columbus 5

Introduction 8

1 Athirst Is My Soul 11

2 God's Way of Coming to Us 16

3 Our Response to God 22

4 Our Faith's Foundation 27

5 Father, Son, and Holy Spirit 32

6 Creationism versus Evolution 37

7 The Dignity of Man 42

8 "Male and Female He Created Them" 47

9 The Fall 52

10 Jesus Christ, the Only Son of God 57

11 Born to Save Us 62

12 Christ Gave Himself for Us 67

13 The Paschal Mystery 72

14 "At the Right Hand of the Father" 77

15 "I Believe in the Holy Spirit" 82

16 "I Believe in the Holy Catholic Church" 87

17 "One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic" 92

18 The Christian Faithful 98

19 Communion, Forgiveness, and Life Everlasting 103

20 Worshipping in Spirit and in Truth 108

21 Celebrating the Church's Liturgy 113

22 Born Anew and Strengthened in Faith 118

23 Loving the Eucharist 124

24 The Sacraments of Healing 129

25 Sacraments of Vocation 135

26 Morality, Freedom, and Human Dignity 141

27 Virtue and Vice 146

28 The Human Community 151

29 God's Salvation: Law and Grace 156

30 Loving God Above All 161

31 The Family in God's Plan 166

32 In Defense of Human Life 171

33 God's Plan for Life and Love 176

34 Stewardship of This World's Goods 181

35 Living in Truth 186

36 Prayer: A Gift from God 191

37 The Essentials of Prayer 196

38 How to Pray Better 201

39 The Lord's Prayer 206

Conclusion: The Truth Is Symphonic 211

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