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Grace and Redemption — Study Aids

Truths of the Faith #2
Grace and Redemption
focuses the nature of Christ and God's plan of salvation. Topics include the Incarnation, Christ as redeemer, Redemption, Grace, Sanctification, and the Holy Spirit.

Information Pages

These pages summarize the material needed to study for the Grace and Redemption unit review questions and are derived from the Baltimore Catechism.

Immaculate Conception
Incarnation and Nativity
True God and True Man
Effects of Redemption
Grace and Sanctification
Coming of the Holy Ghost
Creeds of the Faith

Printable Homework Questions

Recommended Reading

Books used as a reference for the Grace and Redemption unit include Chief Truths of the Faith by Fr. John Laux (1932), the Baltimore Catechism and the Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church (2005). However, almost all student catechisms cover similar topics. Specific chapters relating to Grace and the Nature of Christ are given for each.

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Chief Truths of the Faith    by Rev. Fr. John Laux M. A.
This concise outline of the major tenets of the Catholic faith is an excellent introduction to the creeds of Christianity for the beginners, as well as a stimulating read for educated Catholics who wish to learn more. Fr. Laux never fails to retain the readerís interest while giving in-depth explanations of topics such as: Sources of Faith, Attributes of God, Human Nature, the Immaculate Conception, Sanctifying Grace, Resurrection of the dead the the General judgment, and many more.

Reading Assignment:     Section II, Chapters 9 to 20, pp 103-158
(9) Immaculate Conception, (10-11) Christ the Redeemer, (12-13) Divine and Human nature of Christ, (14) Mother of the Redeemer, (15-17) Work of Redemption, (18-20) Grace and Sanctification

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Baltimore Catechism - Volume 3  by T. Kinkead
The Baltimore Catechism is the official national catechism for children in the United States and Volume 3 is suitable for high schoolers and those who have received their confirmation. It reviews material from volume 2, but includes additional questions, definitions, examples, and applications.

Reading Assignment: Chapters 7 to 10
(7) Incarnation and Redemption, (8) Passion and Resurrection, (10) Effects of Redemption

Compendium: Catechism of the Catholic Church     by USCCB (2005)
The Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church is a summary of the 1992 version of the Catechism of the Catholic Church. It was developed under the direction of Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger (Pope Benedict XVI), then head of the CD. The Compendium is organized into the same divisions as the Catechism, but the simplified Question and Answer format is more appropriate for high school level study and review.

Reading Assignment:     Section II, Chapter 2, 3;
(II-2) I Believe in Jesus Christ the Only Son of God (all) (II-3) I Believe in the Holy Spirit (Mary, Mother of Christ).

Online Videos of Interest

The Youtube site Lutheran Satire is a good source of short (4-6 minute), humorous videos that cover important points of Christian theology. Almost all are Orthodox and unobjectionable, although a few poke fun at characters in the Church. One of our favorites that does a great job of introducing the nature of the trinity is St. Patrick's Bad Analogies, but there are many more.