Faith Formation: Level 1
"And so we emphasize the importance of the continuing spiritual development of Courage and EnCourage members, a development which brings each believer a deeper knowledge of the Faith and its practice, to a deeper knowledge of Christ alive for us in the Church, Who accompanies us along our pilgrim way to our lasting home in Heaven." (Spirituality of Courage Statement).
On this page, we have pulled together a list of suggested rescources which we believe will provide a thorough and faithful path of study. For the best results, these resources should be approached over time with the goal of reading them all. While each text is a wonderful resource, filled with inspiring and enlightening information, the Catholic Faith is multifacited and broad, and it is easy to focus on certain disciplines to the exclusion of others. Thus, we highly recommend reading all of them as time permits. Many of these texts are also available in Spanish.
We also recommend that Catholic households keep a copy of the Catechism of the Catholic Church available. It is the ultimate resource text. Another terrific resource is Our Sunday Visitor's Encyclopedia of Catholic Doctrine.
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“To do their part, adult Catholics must be mature in faith and well equipped to share the Gospel, promoting it in every family circle, in every church gathering, in every place of work, and in every public forum”
This text is designed to introduce learners to the Bible, and to help them understand, love, and live by Scripture. It will help readers understand:
This text will help learners develop the skills required to proclaim Christ in today's world. It will:
This text presents a theological study of the Church with a particular focus on the Church as "communion" and "mission." It follows the vision of the Second Vatican Council in explaining the nature and identity of the Church. It will help readers:
This text is an introduction to the history, theology, and pastoral practice of the Church's liturgy and her sacraments. It will help readers:
This text emphasizes a view of Christian morality which is rooted in the theology of St. Paul and the morality of the Gospels. It will help readers:
A Concise Guide to Social Catholic Teaching
This text stresses that “to work for social justice is embedded in the Gospel message of Jesus Christ, who came ‘to bring good tidings to the poor ... liberty to captives ... and recovery of sight to the blind’” (NDC #42-C). This text will assist readers to:
This booklet gives a short outline of the origins of the devotions to Mary and the saints, the way in which saints are proclaimed today, and the place apparitions of Mary have in the context of the Church. This text help will help readers:
Mary and the Saints
The history of the Church is the story of faith handed on, of how fallible human people have struggled to live out the Gospel in the very concrete circumstances of their lives for two thousand years. This text will help readers: