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Offline Serendipity

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Where to begin
« on: February 11, 2019, 03:45:01 PM »
Hello

I am a recent returner to the Catholic faith following an absence of over 4 decades (please don't ask my age!!).  I have scanned several of the threads and realised how little I know about my faith - the only knowledge I have is from my teenage years which I can barely remember.  I have been attending mass for almost a year now and whilst I take comfort in the service, it offers little in way of deepening and broadening my knowledge and understanding (no offence intended towards the Parish Priest) due to the generic nature of Sunday services.

Since returning to the faith I have attended two retreats, one entitled "The Gift of the Spirit" run by the Catholic Faith Exploration group (CaFE) and a follow up on the nature of the Holy Spirit - both of which were wonderfully enlightening and uplifting.  I am currently exploring taking a module on Christian Morality and hope to be accepting onto a Catholic University course.

In the meantime I wonder if there are any kind souls out there who can point me in the right direction for learning more about Catholicism from an adult perspective.

Many thanks in advance
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Re: Where to begin
« Reply #1 on: February 11, 2019, 04:02:58 PM »
You can start with the Baltimore Catechism and after that, The Catechism of the Council of Trent; both will give you a great foundation.
On Spiritual reading, "The Secret of the Rosary" By St. Louis de Montfort & "True Devotion".
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Re: Where to begin
« Reply #2 on: February 11, 2019, 04:08:59 PM »
Deo gratias for your return.

I would recommend following the Church’s liturgical year. Its wonderful to get in the ”rhythm” of the Church. Most of the months have their special devotions with prayers and readings. From this forum you can get much material from a poster called Xavier. Check his post summary..
 
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Re: Where to begin
« Reply #3 on: February 11, 2019, 04:34:31 PM »
Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of Thy faithful and enkindle in them the fire of Thy love
 
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Re: Where to begin
« Reply #4 on: February 11, 2019, 05:21:29 PM »
When I returned, I found audio an amazing way to learn.  In the links below there are some amazing ways to learn.  I also heartily encourage you to attend a Traditional Mass where the priest actually teaches in his sermons.  At our chapel we have adult catechism after Mass, which is a goldmine. 

https://www.youtube.com/user/onearmsteve4192

http://reginaprophetarum.org/#/

go to the mulitmedia link at the top.  Under conferences Father has some great links Christ and Tradition, Four Last Things, Theological Virtues ect
http://sensustraditionis.org/multimedia/
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Re: Where to begin
« Reply #5 on: February 11, 2019, 05:39:15 PM »
Hello

I am a recent returner to the Catholic faith following an absence of over 4 decades (please don't ask my age!!).  I have scanned several of the threads and realised how little I know about my faith - the only knowledge I have is from my teenage years which I can barely remember.  I have been attending mass for almost a year now and whilst I take comfort in the service, it offers little in way of deepening and broadening my knowledge and understanding (no offence intended towards the Parish Priest) due to the generic nature of Sunday services.

Since returning to the faith I have attended two retreats, one entitled "The Gift of the Spirit" run by the Catholic Faith Exploration group (CaFE) and a follow up on the nature of the Holy Spirit - both of which were wonderfully enlightening and uplifting.  I am currently exploring taking a module on Christian Morality and hope to be accepting onto a Catholic University course.

In the meantime I wonder if there are any kind souls out there who can point me in the right direction for learning more about Catholicism from an adult perspective.

Many thanks in advance
Serendipity

Welcome home to Holy Mother Church !

In addition to the great advice offered above, here is a link to a virtual Catholic Library.

http://www.saintsbooks.net/default.htm

Enjoy
 
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Re: Where to begin
« Reply #6 on: February 11, 2019, 08:54:56 PM »
I highly recommend this catechism, sold by Angelus Press:

https://angeluspress.org/products/my-catholic-faith

 
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Re: Where to begin
« Reply #7 on: February 12, 2019, 05:06:45 AM »
Welcome back to Mother Church.

While you were absent it has been unfairly judged, scourged, mocked, forced to carry its cross and is currently hanging on a gibbet.

Let's hope you can stick around for the main event.

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Re: Where to begin
« Reply #8 on: February 12, 2019, 05:42:03 AM »
Welcome back to Mother Church.

While you were absent it has been unfairly judged, scourged, mocked, forced to carry its cross and is currently hanging on a gibbet.

Let's hope you can stick around for the main event.

It does seem a rather turbulent time at the moment.  I am not sure that it is just the Catholic Church that is affected, there seems to be a growing sense of disconnection and dis-ease throughout society or maybe that is just my imagination?
 
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Re: Where to begin
« Reply #9 on: February 12, 2019, 05:46:07 AM »
I am very thankful to all who have offered sources of information, this could take a while as that is a lot of reading material!  In the meantime it is probably best I take my 'flu bug back to bed and try to stave it off as best I can.
 
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Re: Where to begin
« Reply #10 on: February 12, 2019, 02:08:03 PM »
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In addition to the great advice offered above, here is a link to a virtual Catholic Library.

http://www.saintsbooks.net/default.htm

Enjoy

This is very good.  Quite the collection of books by the saints and a lot more.  Thanks Acolyte.  I've never seen this site before. 
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Re: Where to begin
« Reply #11 on: February 12, 2019, 02:31:53 PM »
On Spiritual reading, "The Secret of the Rosary" By St. Louis de Montfort & "True Devotion".

These cannot be understated.
 
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Re: Where to begin
« Reply #12 on: February 12, 2019, 06:53:02 PM »
You can start with the Baltimore Catechism and after that, The Catechism of the Council of Trent; both will give you a great foundation.
On Spiritual reading, "The Secret of the Rosary" By St. Louis de Montfort & "True Devotion".

I definitely second these four books.
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Re: Where to begin
« Reply #13 on: February 12, 2019, 07:06:32 PM »
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In addition to the great advice offered above, here is a link to a virtual Catholic Library.

http://www.saintsbooks.net/default.htm

Enjoy

This is very good.  Quite the collection of books by the saints and a lot more.  Thanks Acolyte.  I've never seen this site before.


A member here, Shin, runs that site.

 
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