We're on a Mission from God: The Generation X Guide to John Paul II, the Catholic Church, and the Real Meaning of Life

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Ignatius Press, 1996 - Religion - 215 pages
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The generation of Catholics who have come of age since Vatican II is different in many respects from Catholics of their parents' generation. These younger Catholics have grown up in a world - and a Church - which has changed tremendously in a very short period of time. They were raised in a society which encouraged them to question what their parents accepted on faith. They were formed by a system of religious education which was in many ways struggling to keep up with rapid social change.

John Paul II is a pope for these times. He recognizes that today's young people have many questions. He sees emerging in them a deep and sincere faith struggling for definition and for support. In response, he has designated a special, bi-annual event - World Youth Day, where he comes to youth to bring the truth and the love of the Roman Catholic Church.

In this book, Mary Beth Bonacci joins with John Paul II in bringing young Catholics a clearer understanding of the Church and their role in it. She takes his quotes from the five World Youth Day events and "unpacks" them, explaining the truths of the faith clearly and concisely. This book is perfect for the Catholics of "Generation X" - and for Catholic "youth" of any age who wish to understand and to deepen their faith.

 

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Contents

What Are We Supposed to Be Doing While Were Here?
115
God Wants Me to Spread the Gospel?
121
But How Can I Get Up the Guts to Talk to My Friends about This Christianity Stuff?
128
Could It Be Hmm Satan?
137
Is the Church Really against Contraception?
142
Abortion How Can I Impose My Morality on Anyone Else?
154
Abortion So Its Wrong What Am I Supposed to Do about It?
158
Should Christians Be Environmentalists?
173

We Dont Really Eat Christs Body Or Do We?
50
What Does the Church Really Say about Sex and Marriage?
55
Whom Does God Call to Religious Life?
68
What about Other Christians?
80
Why Do We Pray to Mary?
85
Truth
89
What If Im Not Sure I Believe All This Stuff?
91
How Should I Clarify My Values?
96
How Do I Know When to Trust My Conscience?
101
Am I Supposed to Love Myself?
106
Evangelization
113
Why Is Life So Unfair Sometimes?
178
Ask Not If Your Country Can Pray for You
182
Relationships
187
To Whom Can I Turn When I Really Need a Friend?
189
How Does My Relationship with God Affect My Relationships with My Friends?
198
Talk to My Parents?
206
Epilogue
210
For Further Reading
213
Acknowledgments
215
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