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Believing In Jesus: A Popular Overview Of The Catholic Faith [Paperback]

By Leonard Foley (Author)
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Leonard Foley wrote Believing In Jesus to help "born Catholics" come to a deeper understanding of the beliefs and practices they have held all their lives and to help those who approach the Catholic Church for the first time. He wrote, "I hope this book will help some scared and scarred people and challenge others." Now in its fifth revised edition, the best-selling Believing In Jesus captures the Christian's continuing journey of faith, ever new, ever alive-yet always founded on God's steadfast love for us. In 27 chapters written in a lively style, Foley covers the complete spectrum of Catholic faith, leading the reader from early Old Testament times through a world "starting over" in Jesus to the endtime, when Jesus will come again and we will share fully in his life. This edition is current with Church documents and events, including cross-references to the Catechism of the Catholic Church. Discussion questions and an updated and expanded resources section will prove invaluable to individuals and groups wanting to explore further the faith they profess.

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Studio: Saint Anthony Messenger Press
Pages   240
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.9" Width: 5.9" Height: 0.7"
Weight:   0.88 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Sep 1, 2005
Edition  Revised  
ISBN  0867167254  
ISBN13  9780867167252  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! LEONARD FOLEY, O.F.M., was editor of "St. Anthony Messenger" magazine, author of "Believing in Jesus: A Popular Overview of the Catholic Faith," and coauthor of "To Live as Francis Lived: A Guide for Secular Franciscans."
PAT McCLOSKEY, O.F.M., is Franciscan editor of "St. Anthony Messenger" magazine and author of "Day by Day with Followers of Francis and Clare."

Leonard Foley was born in 1913.

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Catechetical Help for Scared and Scarred People and a challenge for others  Nov 26, 2006

"It has all the depth of the gospel message in its entirety." Pope John Paul II

"I hope this book will help some scared and scarred people and challenge others." L. Foley

Catechetical Overview:
Fr. Foley wrote 'Believing in Jesus' to help 'Neonatal Catholics' come to a deeper appreciation of the beliefs of Catholic Christianity and updated practices the Roman Church has held, ever. He attempts also to help the 'Scared and Scarred,'those who reexamine the contemporary Roman Catholic Church tradition, after Vatican II revival. The enlightened Catechist wrote, "I hope this book will help some scared and scarred people and challenge others."

Our 'Catholic' Faith:
We get to know Jesus in person, as the one whole person, both human and divine, by reading the Gospels and Epistles, trying in the Holy Spirit, by His grace to live his love commandment. "We come to know Jesus as brother and friend by experiencing his presence in our own and others' lives. 'Coming together to read Scripture and share faith,' is Fr. Foley's way to grow closer in our relationship with Christ. This is the reason behind Didaskalex, an Orthodox Alexandrine Catechist, presenting this Christian overview to Orthodox and Protestant seekers, many times, without hesitation.
We might say that our faith is this, explains Fr. Foley, God came visibly in Jesus to save us all from our selfish isolation, and brokenness of sinful guilt. Jesus embraces around himself His mystical Body, the Church, both spiritual and visible, whose main essence ought to be unity in love, expressed in Abraham's charity. Our Lord's mercy prevails, even when we fail daily. To come to know Christ, our only mediator, divine Word incarnate, brother and friend, through prayer, as Pope John Paul II stated, "It has all the depth of the gospel message in its entirety." Fr. Foley, also suggests reading one of the Scripture passages for the luminous mysteries of praying the rosary.

St. Anthony Message:
This edition, confirms the publishers St. Anthony Press, is linked with Church documents, and cross-referenced to the official Catechism of the Catholic Church. Discussion questions and expanded resources section is available to readers, individuals and groups exploring the faith they seek. The author presents brief catechetical essays as "a feeble attempt to express in human words what cannot be described, because it is partly divine: God in his Church."
Now in its fifth revised edition, the best-selling Overview captures the Christian's continuing journey of faith, always founded on God's steadfast love for us.

In Their own Words:
"If you are Catholic, this is post-Vatican II wrap-up and short catechism, and an invitation to deeper faith. If you are a no-longer-practicing Catholic, this is an invitation to take a fresh look at your old family. If you come from a different religious tradition, we welcome you to this overview of what Catholics stand for. If you have no religion, we hope this will be a new opening to God." Leonard Foley, O.F.M.

"In 27 short essays written in a lively style, Fr. Foley covers the whole spectrum of Christian faith, from a Roman Catholic point of view, leading the reader from early Old Testament times through a world starting over in Jesus to the end time," St. Anthony Messenger Press

Leonard Foley, O.F.M.:
Fr. Foley is the author of the best-selling catechism of St. Anthony Messenger Press, Believing in Jesus, he is also the author of Saint of the Day and many other books and articles. He has many years experience as editor, retreat master, and parish priest.
Believing In Jesus: A Popular Overview of the Catholic Faith  Aug 25, 2006
Not very useful for RCIA classes. Very "Protestanty". I would recommend the New Adult Cathechism which is far, far better.
Book has a couple of significant problems  Mar 26, 2005
The original review that I had written was for a previous version of the book. I am keeping my original review below, but keep in mind that it may not be entirely correct for the current version. I did do a search through this site and sadly, the book still continues to use CE and BCE. Shame on the author and publisher for bowing to the political correctness crowd.

The following was my previous review in full:

We used this book for my RCIA class and I would not recommend it. As a whole, it does not contradict Catholic teaching, however it is very much on the touchy, feely side of things.

There are a couple of significant problems with the book - one which is understandable and one which is most decidedly not. The former is that in the questions of one of the chapters, the author asks for the arguments for or against the ordination of women to the priesthood. This book was written prior to JPII's apostolic letter indicating that the priesthood is reserved for men only, so it is somewhat understandable that the author would include the question.

The second problem is one that I cannot understand at all. The author does not use A.D. (Anno Domini meaning In the Year of Our Lord) and B.C.(meaning Before Christ), but instead uses the secular denotions of C.E. (Common Era) and B.C.E. (Before Common Era). For those who have never come across these, they are used predominately by non-Christian historians who wish to indicate dates without a referring to Jesus. Why would the author, a Catholic priest, choose a secular dating convention? Perhaps it was the publisher and not the author that committed this sin, but either way the reader still sees it. For this reason alone, I would steer clear of the book.

There is another reason why to avoid the book and that has to do with timing. The book was written over 10 years ago and is no longer up to date with current Church writings and current events.
A helpful update to a classic book for all Catholics  Feb 21, 2001
This book is a great resource for explaining the faith to new RCIA canidates or to Catholics want to develop a further understanding of their faith. This book is very readable and easy to understand which is why it's been around so long. I would give this book to a questioning Catholic WITH the Catechism of the Catholic Church. Both are valuable resources but each used differently. Thankfully, this new edition includes some great new discussion questions.
Outstanding resource  Apr 3, 2000
Fr. Leonard Foley's books is an outstanding resource for those who want to understanding the Catholic faith. Fr. Leonard approaches the faith with well founded knowledge and deep spirituality. He speaks to those who search for the meaning of their faith with gentleness and wisdom. This book will lead readers/seekers to a deeper relationship with the Lord.

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