Belief and Belonging is for people who want to deepen their faith and their understanding of it and who may be searching for guidelines to Christian behavior. This work is not a complete catechism, but rather an "invitation to faith" for the modern person. Readers are challenged to examine their hearts and to delve more deeply into what it means to believe, celebrate, and live the faith.
Enthusiastically received in its original French and Dutch editions, this book by the Belgian bishops makes an excellent reference guide or study text. Families, parishes, schools, spirituality groups, and other organizations will all benefit from this compact overview of the Catholic faith.
The text is arranged under three major headings:
Believing and Confessing One's Faith introduces basic Catholic belief through an explication, phrase by phrase, of the Apostles' Creed.
Celebrating the Lord shows how we open ourselves to God and the world through prayer and the reception of the Sacraments.
Living the Gospelexamines what it means to act with a Christian conscience, through a thorough discussion of the Ten Commandments and how they apply to Catholics in the modern world.
Photographs-100 in color and all newly selected for this American editionand the placement of key phrases in the margins signal to the reader the message of the text. An index is provided to the prayers that appear throughout the book.