Fundamentals of Catholicism: Grace, the Church, the Sacraments, Eschatology

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Ignatius Press, Jun 1, 1983 - Religion - 388 pages
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Contents

The Mystery of Divine Grace
13
Speaking of Grace
16
Actual Grace Enlightens the Mind and Strengthens the Will
19
Knocking at the Door
22
The Necessity of Grace
25
Final Perseverance
28
Is It Possible to Avoid All Sins?
31
Man without Grace
34
The Necessity of Baptism
202
What Happens to Infants Who Die without Baptism?
205
Who Can Baptize?
208
Who Can Be Baptized?
211
ConfirmationA Second Gift of the Spirit
214
The Fragrance of Christ
217
Why Confirmation?
220
The Sacrament of Christian Maturity
223

The Gratuity of Grace
37
God Desires the Salvation of All
40
The Perplexing Problem of Predestination
43
Why Does God Allow Some Men to Be Lost Forever?
47
Grace Does Not Destroy Human Freedom
50
Efficacious and Sufficient Grace
53
From Death to Life
56
Preparation for Sanctifying Grace
59
What Is Sanctifying Grace?
62
Sharing in Gods Life
65
Children of God
68
A Brilliant Array of Gifts
71
Grace Can Be Lost
74
Merit and Reward
77
The Conditions of Merit
80
Merit Grace and Glory
83
THE CHURCH
87
The Faithful of the Whole World
89
Jesus Personally Founded the Catholic Church
92
Why Did Christ Establish His Church?
95
The Mystical Body of Christ
98
A Hierarchical Church
101
Bishops Are Successors of the Apostles
104
The Primacy of St Peter
107
The Primacy of the Pope
110
The Pope Is Judged by No One
113
When Is the Pope Infallible?
116
What Is a Bishop?
119
Some Notes on Collegiality
122
Christ Is the Head of the Church
125
The Soul of the Church
128
The Everlasting Church
131
The House of Truth
134
The Visible Church
137
The Four Marks of the Church
140
Who Are Members of the Church?
143
Outside of the Church There Is No Salvat1on
146
The Communion of Saints
149
Masterpieces of Gods Grace
152
Prayers for the Poor Souls in Purgatory
155
Church and World
158
THE SACRAMENTS
161
A Sacrament Is a Sacred Sign
163
What Constitutes a Sacrament?
166
The Outward Sign
169
The Sacraments Contain and Cause Grace
172
Sacramental Grace
175
Sacramental Character
178
Christ Himself Instituted the Seven Sacraments
181
God Desires the Salvation of All
184
Who Can Administer the Sacraments?
188
Who Can Receive a Sacrament?
191
Baptism into the Body of Christ
194
Water and Words
197
Baptism Has Consequences
200
Jesus Gave Thanks
226
The Catholic Doctrine of the Real Presence
229
My Flesh Is Real Food and My Blood Is Real Drink
232
Water into Wine Wine into Blood
235
A Wonderful Change
238
Presence of the Whole Christ
241
How Long Is the Lord Present in the Eucharist?
244
A Pledge of Future Glory
247
Ministers of the Eucharist
250
Reception of Holy Communion
253
The Meaning of Sacrifice
256
The Mass Is a True Sacrifice
259
The Mass and the Cross
262
Where Is the Sacrifice?
265
Power of the Mass
268
Each Mass Benefits All
271
A Life Preserver on the Ship of Salvation
274
The Keys of the Kingdom
277
A Tribunal of Mercy
280
Sorrow for Sin
283
Perfect Contrition
286
Imperfect Contrition
289
Importance of Confession
292
Confession of Venial Sins
295
Punishment Is Not Popular
298
Reconciliation with God
301
Who Can Hear Confessions?
304
A Sacrament for the Sick
307
Healing for Soul and Body
310
Who Should Be Anointed?
313
The Meaning of Holy Orders
316
Holy Orders Comes in Three Stages
319
Sacred Rite of Ordination
321
Once a Priest Always a Priest
324
Who Can Ordain and Who Can Be Ordained?
327
Why Women Cannot Be Ordained
330
God Created Them Male and Female
333
Christian Marriage Is a Sacrament
336
What Is the Purpose of Marriage?
339
Whats Wrong with Polygamy?
343
The Question of Divorce
346
The Marriage Contract
349
Religious Consequences of Matrimony
352
The Churchs Power over Matrimony
355
ESCHATOLOGY
359
The Law of Death 31
361
The Particular Judgment 34
364
Perfect Happiness
367
Hell Is No Joke
370
Yes There Is a Purgatory
373
Come Lord Jesus
376
The Resurrection of the Body
379
The Last Judgment
382
The End of Time
385
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