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The Basics of Catholicism

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Learn about the basics of the Catholic Faith. What does the Catholic Church teach about the Trinity, the Incarnation of Jesus Christ, the role of the Catholic Church, the seven Sacraments, Heaven, Hell, and Purgatory, the Virgin Mary, and the saints? Discover basic Catholic prayers and practices, and begin to learn more about Catholicism!
  1. Catholic Dictionary, A-M
  2. Catholic Dictionary, N-Z
  3. Catholicism by the Numbers
  4. The Baltimore Catechism, Part I
  5. The Baltimore Catechism, Part II
  6. God, the Source of Life
  1. The Church, Christ's Life on Earth
  2. The Sacraments, the Life of Christians
  3. Basic Catholic Prayers
  4. The Saints and Sainthood
  5. What Does the Catholic Church Say About . . .
  6. Reader Questions

Catholic Dictionary, A-M

Wondering what a particular Catholic term means, or what a common term might mean to Catholics? You'll find the answer in the Catholic dictionary! This section covers words beginning with the letters A-M.

Catholic Dictionary, N-Z

Wondering what a particular Catholic term means, or what a common term might mean to Catholics? You'll find the answer in the Catholic dictionary! This section covers words beginning with the letters N-Z.

Catholicism by the Numbers

There is one God; there are two natures in Christ; there are three Persons in the Holy Trinity . . . You can learn a lot about Catholicism just by counting up the numbers.

The Baltimore Catechism, Part I

The Baltimore Catechism is the most famous Catholic catechism (a summary of Christian beliefs in question and answer form) produced in America. These are Lessons 1-20 from the Baltimore Catechism No. 2 (Confirmation Edition).

The Baltimore Catechism, Part II

The Baltimore Catechism is the most famous Catholic catechism (a summary of Christian beliefs in question and answer form) produced in America. These are Lessons 21-37 from the Baltimore Catechism No. 2 (Confirmation Edition).

God, the Source of Life

The essence of Catholicism is the worship of God, and the right ordering of our lives in relation to Him. But what does the Church teach about God? What do we know about the Trinity and the nature of Christ? How does the Holy Spirit act in our lives?

The Church, Christ's Life on Earth

When Christ ascended into Heaven after His Resurrection, He promised to send His Spirit to guide His followers who remained behind. The Holy Spirit guides the Church throughout history, which is how we know that what the Church teaches is true. Learn more about the structure and history of the Church, as well as the role She plays in the everyday life of Christians.

The Sacraments, the Life of Christians

The Catholic Church recognizes seven sacraments, instituted by Christ. Baptism, Confirmation, Holy Communion, Confession, Marriage, Holy Orders, and the Anointing of the Sick are the heart of the life of the Catholic Church. When we participate in them worthily, each sacrament provides us with graces—with the life of God in our soul. Find out more about these outward signs of inward grace.

Basic Catholic Prayers

Every Catholic should know some prayers by heart. From the Sign of the Cross to basic morning and evening prayers, we should memorize the standard prayers of the Church to use as a starting point in our daily prayer. As our prayer life deepens, we can learn more about special prayers of the Church, such as rosaries, chaplets, and novenas.

The Saints and Sainthood

Learn about the saints of the Catholic Church and find prayers to, and by, these holy men and women. Connect yourself with the history and spirituality of the Catholic Church by joining in the communion of saints.

What Does the Catholic Church Say About . . .

Examine the news through the eyes of the Catholic Church. Find out what the Church teaches about the controversial moral issues of the day. Explore relations between the Catholic Church and other Christian denominations, as well as non-Christian religions. Find the latest news from inside the Church herself. This is your Catholic window on the world!

Reader Questions

The Catholic Faith is full of beauty, subtlety, and nuance. Sometimes, that can lead to confusion, however. Two thousand years of history and tradition is bound to result in many questions over both Catholic practice and belief. These links will take you to my answers to Reader Questions from each year.

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