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Catechisms of the Catholic Church



Catechisms of the Catholic Church

Merriam-Webster defines "catechism" as "a collection of questions and answers that are used to teach people about the Christian religion." The Concise Encyclopedia elaborates: "Manual of religious instruction usually arranged in the form of questions and answers and used to instruct the young, win converts, and testify to the faith. The medieval catechism concentrated on the meaning of faith, hope, and charity."

PROLOGUE

The prologue contains the following sections:

I. The life of man - to know and love God
II. Handing on the Faith: Catechesis
III. The Aim and Intended Readership of the Catechism
IV. Structure of this Catechism
V. Practical Directions for Using this Catechism
VI. Necessary Adaptations


PART ONE: THE PROFESSION OF FAITH

Part One contains the following sections:

SECTION ONE: "I BELIEVE" - "WE BELIEVE"
CHAPTER ONE: MAN'S CAPACITY FOR GOD
CHAPTER TWO: GOD COMES TO MEET MAN
CHAPTER THREE: MAN'S RESPONSE TO GOD

SECTION TWO: THE CREEDS
CHAPTER ONE: I BELIEVE IN GOD THE FATHER
CHAPTER TWO: I BELIEVE IN JESUS CHRIST, THE ONLY SON OF GOD
CHAPTER THREE: I BELIEVE IN THE HOLY SPIRIT

PART TWO: THE CELEBRATION OF THE CHRISTIAN MYSTERY

Part Two contains the following sections:

SECTION ONE: THE SACRAMENTAL ECONOMY
CHAPTER ONE: THE PASCHAL MYSTERY IN THE AGE OF THE CHURCH
CHAPTER TWO: THE SACRAMENTAL CELEBRATION OF THE PASCHAL MYSTERY

SECTION TWO: THE SEVEN SACRAMENTS OF THE CHURCH
CHAPTER ONE: THE SACRAMENTS OF CHRISTIAN INITIATION
CHAPTER TWO: THE SACRAMENTS OF HEALING
CHAPTER THREE: THE SACRAMENTS AT THE SERVICE OF COMMUNION
CHAPTER FOUR: OTHER LITURGICAL CELEBRATIONS

PART THREE: LIFE IN CHRIST

Part Three contains the following sections:

SECTION ONE: MAN'S VOCATION LIFE IN THE SPIRIT
CHAPTER ONE: THE DIGNITY OF THE HUMAN PERSON
CHAPTER TWO: THE HUMAN COMMUNION
CHAPTER THREE: GOD'S SALVATION: LAW AND GRACE

SECTION TWO: THE TEN COMMANDMENTS
CHAPTER ONE: YOU SHALL LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART, AND WITH ALL YOUR SOUL, AND WITH ALL YOUR MIND
CHAPTER TWO: YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF

PART FOUR: CHRISTIAN PRAYER

Part Four contains the following sections:

SECTION ONE PRAYER IN THE CHRISTIAN LIFE
CHAPTER ONE: THE REVELATION OF PRAYER - THE UNIVERSAL CALL TO PRAYER
CHAPTER TWO: THE TRADITION OF PRAYER
CHAPTER THREE: THE LIFE OF PRAYER

SECTION TWO THE LORD'S PRAYER

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