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This is Our Faith: A Catholic Catechism for Adults
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21.The First Three Commandments: Love of God 291
22.The Last Seven Commandments: Love of Neighbor 303
23.Christian Prayer 325
24.The Lord’s Prayer 337
Additional Information 345
Traditional Prayers and Devotions 349
Selective Glossary of Terms 357
This Is Our Faith: A Catholic Catechism for Adults is a bestselling overview of the faith for those preparing entry into the Church, as well as for both newly initiated and lifelong Catholics who wish to understand Church teachings more clearly. This revised and updated edition strengthens one of the strongest endorsements of the book: that it communicates important Church teachings in an engaging and understandable manner.
Revised and updated in collaboration with longtime RCIA leaders, this new edition of This Is Our Faith has been refreshed with two new chapters, with language and style more in line with the Catechism of the Catholic Church, and with updated cultural and historical references.
The text maintains the popular book’s accessible tone and easy-to-follow organization, following the four pillars of the Catechism:
- the Profession of Faith
- celebration of the sacraments, liturgy, and the Paschal Mystery
- life in Christ: foundations of Catholic morality
- Christian prayer
Chapters in each of the four parts lead with a thought-provoking story that connects the reader to important teachings, which are then communicated through an easy-to-understand question-and-answer format. Discussion questions and suggestions for additional reading are included for RCIA and parish adult-education groups wishing to explore Church teachings in a group environment.
This Is Our Faith provides a solid, clear presentation of the Catholic faith for adults at any stage in their faith journey.
"An inviting, accessible, complete explanation of the Catholic faith."
"This book is gold. I don’t think I’ve ever read a more inviting, accessible, complete explanation of the Catholic faith. This is Our Faith is more than a catechism; it is an invitation to believe! Pennock explains the faith with the patience of an experienced fellow traveler on the way to God. With a conversational style that combines question-and-answer with scripture reflection, prayer, and examples from the saints and human experience, he draws the reader into a living understanding of the faith. I highly recommend this to everyone with questions, wherever they are on their journey. It belongs on every Catholic’s bookshelf."
Codeveloper and author of The Great Adventure Catholic Bible Study program
"A valuable resource in faith formation for decades."
"This Is Our Faith has been a valuable resource in faith formation for decades and this new edition will solidify its place on the book shelves of parish leaders, catechists, and catechumens alike for years to come. I have always admired the work of Michael Pennock and his ability to make complex theological concepts accessible to beginners and those hungry to learn more about our Catholic faith."
Creator of TheReligionTeacher.com
Author of 31 Days to Becoming a Better Religious Educator
"Thorough yet never overwhelming."
"We have used This Is Our Faith with our catechumenates for ten years. Our RCIA team unanimously decided there is still no better catechism for our weekly RCIA sessions than This Is Our Faith. We especially like that it matches the general structure of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, and references it throughout. In addition, each chapter works wonderfully with our ninety-minute weekly sessions. The number of chapters corresponds quite well with the period from early September to Easter. The topics in This Is Our Faith are covered thoroughly yet are never overwhelming. The writing is crisp and accessible."
Director of RCIA
Holy Eucharist Church in Cherry Hill, New Jersey
"Still the first book I go to for new seekers."
"After more than thirty years in adult faith formation ministry, This Is Our Faith is still the first book I go to for new seekers, no matter their status. From the uncatechized to the fully initiated and practicing, there is something for everyone in This Is Our Faith—something accessible, something inviting, something understandable, something encouraging, and something wonderful!"
Director of Adult Faith Formation
St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church in Fresno, California