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Why do Catholics do that : a guide to the teachings and practices of the Catholic Church

Author: Kevin Orlin Johnson
Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, 1994.
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Genre/Form: Apologetic works
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Kevin Orlin Johnson
ISBN: 0345381165 9780345381163
OCLC Number: 35772340
Notes: Includes index.
Originally published as Expressions of the Catholic Faith by Ballantine Books in 1994.
Description: xvi, 287 pages ; 25 cm
Contents: Substance and image: how to tell religion from culture --
pt. 1: Faith. Faith of our fathers: what the church has to work with ; Feed my sheep: how the church makes laws ; Chapter and verse: the hard-fought genesis of the New Testament ; That old-time religion: why the church still guards the Old Testament ; The church's family albums: other good books besides the Bible ; The cycle of redemption: Purgatory, etc. --
pt. 2: Worship. In memory of me: a short guide to the meaning and structure of the mass ; Outward signs: decoding symbols of scripture and the sacraments ; The sun of justice: the calendar as the image of Christ's life ; Until we meet again: the ceremonies of the Christian funeral ; The station of the cross: the logic of their development ; The rosary: a garden of Christian images --
pt. 3: Culture. The rite stuff: the many faces of the universal church ; The pope: what he does and why it matters ; Priests, bishops, and deacons: the church's general staff ; A people set apart: the laity in the modern world ; A different order of life: monks, nuns, and the rules that guide them ; Saints: how you get to be one ; Fátima, Lourdes, and elsewhere: the story of apparitions ; Wondering about signs: does the Madonna really weep through images? --
pt. 4: Customs. How beautiful thy dwelling place: the basic forms of churches ; Priestly vestments: their origins and meanings ; Like unto pure gold: the meaning of the precious metal in the service of the church ; The Vatican: a holy city ; Relics: the church remembers ; The sign of the cross: the surprising story of Christianity's best-known symbol ; Sacramentals: souvenirs of sanctity ; Water: holy and plain ; The odor of sanctity: making sense of incense ; Let there be light: candles in prayer and liturgy ; A star out of Jacob: why Nativity sets look that way ; Our Lady's cloak: the color of the sky in Christian art ; The miraculous medal: the history of an extraordinary sacramental ; Unceasingly chant: music in the life of the church ; The numbers game: symbols you can always count on --
Postscript: If you'd like to know more.
Other Titles: Expressions of the Catholic faith.
Responsibility: Kevin Orlin Johnson.

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