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Catholicism for Dummies

ISBN-10: 0764553917
ISBN-13: 9780764553912
Edition: 2003
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Description: This practical, easy-to-understand resource provides the reader with a foundation of the religion by giving concise information on the traditions, beliefs, and history of the Catholic Church.

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Book details

List price: $21.99
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated
Publication date: 5/9/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 432
Size: 7.75" wide x 9.50" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.694
Language: English

This practical, easy-to-understand resource provides the reader with a foundation of the religion by giving concise information on the traditions, beliefs, and history of the Catholic Church.

Introduction
About This Book
Conventions Used in This Book
Foolish Assumptions
How This Book Is Organized
Icons Used in This Book
Where to Go from Here
Getting Familiar with the Basics
What It Means to Be Catholic
What Exactly Is Catholicism Anyway?
The General Ground Rules
Celebrating Year-Round
Understanding the Four Marks of the Church
Membership Has Its Privileges
Who's Who in the Catholic Church
Getting to Know the Pope
Who's Next in the Ecclesiastical Scheme of Things
Understanding All Those Beliefs
Ya Gotta Have Faith
How Do You Know If You Have Faith?
Having Faith in Revelations
Seeking the Truth
Believing in Jesus
Understanding Jesus, the God-Man
Looking At the Gospel Truth
Dealing with Heresy and Some Other $10 Words
Worshipping Catholic Style
Getting Body and Soul into the Act
Understanding Some Symbols and Gestures
Sensing God
The Seven Sacraments
The Sacraments of Initiation
Come On in--the Water's Fine
The Holy Eucharist
Coming of Age: Confirmation
The Sacraments of Community and Mercy
The Sacraments of Community
The Sacraments of Mercy
Celebrating the Catholic Mass
What Exactly Is the Mass?
The Two Parts of the Mass
Vatican II and Latin
Dressing for the Occasion
Spiritual Seasons of the Year
Behaving Like a Saint
Catholic Law 101
Following the Eternal Law of God
Playing by the Rules
Loving and Honoring: The Ten Commandments
Demonstrating Love for God
Loving Your Neighbor
Coming Out Even Steven
Being Good When Sinning Is So Easy
Cultivating Good Habits
The Seven Deadly Sins
The Church's Stand on Some Sticky Issues
Celibacy and the Male Priesthood
Matters of Life and Death
Planning Your Family Naturally
Practicing Catholicism through Devotions
Showing Your Love for God
Going Beyond Your Basic Duty
Running the Gamut of Devotions
Expressing Affection for Mary
No, Catholics Don't Worship Mary
The Official Scoop on Mary
Up Close and Personal with Mary
Calling on the Canonized
Having a Place in the Hearts of Catholics
Honoring God's Good Friends
It's All about Intercession
Recognizing a Saint
The Communion of Saints
A Saint for Every Day of the Year
Catholic Traditions
Adoring the Blessed Sacrament
Religious Processions
Meatless Fridays
The Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy
The Scoop on Sacramentals
The Part of Tens
Ten Famous Catholics
Mother Teresa of Calcutta (1910-1997)
Pope John Paul II (1920- )
Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen (1895-1979)
Mother Angelica (1923- )
John F. Kennedy (1917-1963)
Alfred E. Smith (1873-1944)
Father Edward Flanagan (1886-1948)
John Ronald Reuel Tolkien (1892-1973)
Gilbert Keith Chesterton (1874-1936)
Christopher Columbus (1451-1506)
Ten Popular Catholic Saints
St. Peter (Died around A.D. 64)
St. Jude (Died during first century A.D.)
St. Benedict (480-543)
St. Dominic de Guzman (1170-1221)
St. Francis of Assisi (1181-1226)
St. Thomas Aquinas (1225-1274)
St. Ignatius of Loyola (1491-1556)
St. Bernadette Soubirous (1844-1879)
St. Therese of Lisieux (1873-1897)
St. Pio of Pietrelcina (1887-1968)
Ten Popular Catholic Places
The Basilica de Guadalupe
San Giovanni Rotondo, Italy
The Basilica of Czestochowa, Poland
The Basilica of Lourdes, France
Fatima, Portugal
Rome
The Cathedral of Notre Dame
The National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception
The Minor Basilica of Saint Anne de Beaupre
The Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament
Appendixes
A Brief History of Catholicism
Ancient Times (A.D. 33-741)
The Middle Ages (A.D. 800-1500)
The Reformation to the Modern Era (1517-Today)
Fun Facts for the Faithful
All the Popes
Solemnities, Feasts, and Memorials for the Year
Index

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