IT MAKES A DIFFERENCE BEING A CATHOLIC And The Difference Is Grace. In this writing there lies not only teaching for the Catholic in his Faith but of hopeful ecumenical discourse with others. This book does begin with the Roman Catholic Church's affirmation that salvation is for all, who are disposed to obey God and live virtuously and righteously (Pope Pius IX, 1863). Then Vatican II lauded the spiritual uprightness of other churches: Eastern and Western, Protestant and Anglican, the Jewish people, also, the Muslim, the Buddhist, and non-believer as well. Witness the growing responsiveness and respect between those of different religious beliefs, especially Catholic and other Christians who share Holy Scripture, belief in a (Triune God, Divinity of Christ, the Resurrection, etc.) though differing on interpretation of others (the Sacraments, Infallibility, Purgatory, etc.). Yet, if salvation is for all, virtuously disposed of any belief, does it matter which faith? Does it make a difference? Yes, and it lies in the invaluable divine gift of sanctifying grace, which from birth to death, comes primarily through reception of the seven sacraments of the one holy catholic and apostolic Church (Nicene Creed).
Provides opportunities for guided reflection, sharing and prayer that reinforce many of Pastor Rick Warren's points with additional commentary on areas where Catholic teaching varies. Using this companion guide, which follows Warren's 40-day process, either individually or in a group, will assist Roman Catholics in transforming their lives and appreciating the richness and beauty of their Faith tradition.
China's Roman Catholic Underground Church, of what do we really know? The phrase "Once I was blind but now I know comes to mind". One would have to be quite naive to not understand the power that the Chinese government has over its people. This book brings to light much that is never mentioned about the world's most powerful government. There is much happening in China that is now and will in the not to distant future effecting the world.
Liesel (yes, her mother loved The Sound of Music) and her big sister Marilyn have always relied on each other. And when Marilyn's husband runs off, leaving her broke with a distraught five year old, she needs all the help she can get. But then the sisters discover that little Alex has inherited a hotel in Cornwall from his father's dotty great-aunt. With its stunning sea views and Victorian Gothic castle appeal, it's a property the developers are ready to pay big money for. However, the will has one condition. They can sell the hotel if they wish, but only after running it for a season first. With only their tiny flat and not so salubrious view of Hackney central to lose, the girls decide to pack up and head down south. After all, how hard can it be to run a small hotel? And who knows who else they might meet down there.
During the 1920s the Ku Klux Klan experienced a remarkable resurgence, drawing millions of American men and women into its ranks. In Not a Catholic Nation, Mark Paul Richard examines the KKK's largely ignored growth in the six states of New England -- Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont -- and details the reactions of the region's Catholic population, the Klan's primary targets. Drawing on a wide range of previously untapped sources -- French-language newspapers in the New England--Canadian borderlands; KKK documents scattered in local, university, and Catholic repositories; and previously undiscovered copies of the Maine Klansmen -- Richard demonstrates that the Klan was far more active in the Northeast than previously thought. He also challenges the increasingly prevalent view that the Ku Klux Klan became a mass movement during this period largely because it functioned as a social, fraternal, or civic organization for many Protestants. While Richard concedes that some Protestants in New England may have joined the KKK for those reasons, he shows that the politics of ethnicity and labor played a more significant role in the Klan's growth in the region.The most comprehensive analysis of the Ku Klux Klan's antagonism toward Catholics in the 1920s, this book is also distinctive in its consideration of the history of the Canada--U.S. borderlands, particularly the role of Canadian immigrants as both proponents and victims of the Klan movement in the United States.
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