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Best Catholic Guidebook and Handbook - Catechism of the Catholic Church

Updated on July 29, 2014
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Ms. Vincent is an M.B.A graduate, Business Consultant and health, wellness & natural healing enthusiast, who reads a lot on those subjects.

Whenever I buy a new appliance, I always head straight to the manufacturer's manual or handbook and read it thoroughly before using my latest purchase. Over the years, my friends have sort of mocked my rigid habit but I think they're all beginning to see how it pays off in the long run. You see, I always get extended use of my products - in many cases well beyond the suggested life of the product.

So when I began to deepen my spiritual journey, I immediately purchased my own copy of the Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC) in order to gain more first-hand insight into what the Catholic Church was all about and what it all meant to be a Catholic Christian.

I eagerly devoured the pages and quickly gained new wisdom and insight that really led me towards a deeper understanding of and appreciation of my Catholic Christian faith.

This is why I consider the Catechism of the Catholic Church THE best handbook, guidebook and manual to Christianity and Catholicism! Everything is nicely linked back to the Holy Bible and there is a very useful numbering system which numbers each paragraph and also provides cross referencing to related themes throughout the book.

The Catechism of the Catholic Church makes a great gift for newly initiated adults into the Catholic faith, non-practicing Catholics, as well as Catholics at any stage of spiritual growth.

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Catechism Tabs
Catechism Tabs

This makes indexing while you're reading easy and helps you establsih your own easy referencing system when you want to find some topic later on.

 
Catholicism For Dummies
Catholicism For Dummies

If you're looking for a less detailed, down-to-earth and simpler explanation of Catholicism and the Catholic Faith, then this is definitely the book to turn to.You can then come back and tackle the Catechism of the Catholic Church for more indepth study at any time.

 
Compendium :   Catechism of the Catholic Church
Compendium : Catechism of the Catholic Church

This is a more concise summary version of the Catechism of the Catholic which is presented in a question-and-answer format; a total of 598 question-and-answers. It serves as a good quick reference and a good 'user-friendly' conversational type of study guide for youth and young adults.

 

Why I HIGHLY Recommend the Catechism of the Catholic Church

Here are some more details into the Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC), which will confirm why it is a 'must have' resource for all Catholics:

  • 1.
  • Profession of Faith (The Creed):
  • Every country has a national creed or pledge. For example, the American’s Creed
  • (William Tyler Page, 1917)
  • begins with,
  • “I believe in the United States of America as ...
  • Similarly, the Catholic Church has its Creed, titled the ‘I Believe’ or “We Believe’, which is recited at every Mass. The CCC dissects The Creed and provides the reader with insightful explanations and references to the Holy Bible.
  • 2.
  • The Liturgy & the Church’s seven (7) Sacraments:
  • The Liturgy, as you will eventually learn, goes way beyond the actual Mass. Also, although most Catholics have received instruction in the faith and the sacraments as children and youth, the insights provided in the CCC, from an adult perspective, are invaluable. They are definitely worth reading about even though you may have already received several Sacraments.
  • 3.
  • Life in Christ:
  • The Beatitudes, Morality & Moral Law, Freedom, Social Justice, Virtues and Sin are some of the topics explored in Part 3.
  • 4.
  • The 10 Commandments:
  • This, as we know, is one of the oldest enduring human laws, which reach much further than the Catholic Church and even Christianity, since many people and societies all over the world ascribe to the values in these Commandments in some form or fashion. The CCC examines each one separately with appropriate biblical referencing and adequate treatment of all the difficult and unpleasant associative issues.
  • 5.
  • Prayer in the Christian Life:
  • A whole section - Part 4 - is dedicated to this important and continuous aspect of Christian life and living. It looks at prayer from five (5) perspectives -
  • Blessing & Adoration, Petition, Intercession, Thanksgiving and Praise
  • . It also examines the tradition of prayer, expressions of prayer and the various battles with prayer that every Christian faces daily and at varying difficult and challenging times in our lives plus much more.

Really beautiful and all-encompassing prayer!

Have you read the Catechism of the Catholic Church as yet? If not, which burning issues of yours would you like to read about in it?

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      Heidi Vincent 3 years ago from GRENADA

      @Charito1962: Indeed, Charito1962! Thanks for visiting and have a blessed week.

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      Charito Maranan-Montecillo 3 years ago from Manila, Philippines

      I have a copy of this book at home. Great reading material for the soul!

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      Heidi Vincent 3 years ago from GRENADA

      @VspaBotanicals: You're welcome VspaBotanicals! Thanks for visiting and have a blessed weekend.

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      Heidi Vincent 3 years ago from GRENADA

      @ReviewsfromSandy: Glad you found it interesting, sandyswriter-review. Thanks for visiting and have a blessed week.

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      Heidi Vincent 3 years ago from GRENADA

      @AnonymousC831: I am very happy to hear this, Anonymous83! Thanks for visiting and have a blessed weekend.

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      VspaBotanicals 3 years ago

      This is a very interesting. Thanks for sharing!

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      Sandy Mertens 3 years ago from Wisconsin

      Very interesting information.

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      rattie lm 3 years ago

      @ndowning: I think what Ted was saying is that's what USED to be taught and it was!

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      AnonymousC831 3 years ago from Kentucky

      I've not read it yet, but I plan to.

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      Heidi Vincent 3 years ago from GRENADA

      @aesta1: Glad to know that, aesta1! Thanks for stopping by and have a fabulous weekend!

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      Mary Norton 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Still here and strong. We were introduced into this at an early age.

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      ndowning 3 years ago

      @tedwritesstuff24: That's not true....I go to Catholic high school and the past few days our teacher has asked our religion class to raise our hands if we think that non-Catholics will go to Hell; NOT ONE PERSON in our class raised his/her hand (much to the relief of our teacher, who said our response was correct.) Anyway, long story short, most Catholics do NOT think you'll burn in Hell for not being Catholic....at least most teenager Catholics don't (and those who do think so are horribly WRONG and misinformed). Just thought I should comment that. Anyway, God bless. :)

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      Heidi Vincent 3 years ago from GRENADA

      @tedwritesstuff24: Sorry you feel that way, TedWritesStuff. Have a blessed weekend!

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      TedWritesStuff 3 years ago

      I think I'd rather burn in hell than read it..lol..which is what most Catholics believe will happen to me anyway..so it's a win-win situation! ;-)

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      Heidi Vincent 3 years ago from GRENADA

      @georgepmoola2: Thanks georgepmoola! Yes, I love my Catholic faith now tha I understand it better. Have a blessed weekend!

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      Heidi Vincent 3 years ago from GRENADA

      @Merrci: Thanks Merrci. Have a blessed weekend!

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      georgepmoola2 3 years ago

      Good lens, well written and clearly presented. Your passion and enthusiasm for your faith are very evident.

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      Merry Citarella 3 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

      Very nicely done review FreshStart7!

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      Heidi Vincent 3 years ago from GRENADA

      @GrammieOlivia: Thanks for stopping by and confirming that grammieo! Have a blessed week.

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      GrammieOlivia 3 years ago

      Yes, it is must reading for all Catholics and those who seek to understand. This is a wonderful lens. Thank you!