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The Mystery of Faith: An Introduction to Catholicism
In his familiar, conversational style, Father Himes invites the reader to consider ten basic truths of Catholicism. Beginning with discussions of Trinity, Grace, the Incarnation and Salvation, Himes moves into an exploration of Church as the continuting presence of Jesus Christ in the world today. After discussing what Baptism and the baptismal commitment really involves, ...more
Paperback, 102 pages
Published January 2nd 2004 by St. Anthony Messenger Press
(first published January 2004)
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Read this for theology class. A great book to explain what it means to be catholic and what it means to love another person. What did I learn? THE WAY TO LOVE GOD IS BY LOVING OTHERS. We hear this often but do we really understand it? So many other great things in here too and a quick read.
This book has some of the best meditations on the Incarnation that I have ever read. Anywhere. Ever. While this is not a deep scholarly work, it is not shallow by any means. It will likely challenge you to examine what you think about faith in a significant and life-changing way. While the author is Catholic and the book says it is an introduction to Catholicism, it is not by any means just for Catholics. I think every Christian would find something worth further prayer and meditation in these p ...more
As a catechist I use this material to introduce adults to the "adult" view of Catholicism. Once we refresh memories on what they covered, or should have covered, in youth CCE I start them on this journey. One cannot be a mature Catholic without having some exposure to this level of thought on the central mysteries of the Church. This book (along with the videos!) is my go-to introduction.
This fun little book covers some of the biggest topics in Catholicism in a very brief, but interesting way. The chapters are concise (cleaned up transcriptions of video-tape presentations), clear, and offer decent scriptural examples. It might not be the most thorough review, but I would recommend it as an introductory book.
Himes breaks down several important components of the Catholic faith, and even as a Catholic I learned things I never knew. He goes into the theology behind things like the sacraments, Tradition, the Trinity, Church, etc... It's a thin book making it a valuable but quick read.