My Catholic Faith!
Book one of three
My Catholic Life! Series
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Most Reverend Camillus Raymond Umoh
Catholic Bishop of Ikot Ekpene Diocese
1 December, 2019
First Sunday of Advent, Year A
Rt. Rev. Msgr. J. F. Iyire
Ikot Ekpene Diocese
To our Blessed Mother. Her maternal care for us, her perfect surrender to the will of God and her powerful intercession are gifts beyond measure. May her heart shine through these pages and may her faith be shared with all who read them.
John Paul Thomas
“John Paul Thomas” is a pen name this author picked in honor of the Apostles Saints John and Thomas and the great evangelist Saint Paul. This name also evokes the memory of the great Pope Saint John Paul II.
John is the beloved Apostle who sought out a deeply personal and intimate relationship with his Savior. Hopefully the writings in this book point us all to a deeply personal and intimate relationship with our God. May John be a model of this intimacy and love.
Thomas is also a beloved Apostle and close friend of Jesus but is well known for his lack of faith in Jesus’ resurrection. Though he ultimately entered into a profound faith crying out “my Lord and my God,” he is given to us as a model of our own weakness of faith. Thomas should inspire us to always return to faith when we realize we have doubted.
As a Pharisee, Paul severely persecuted the early Christian Church. However, after going through a powerful conversion, he went on to become the great evangelist to the gentiles, founding many new communities of believers and writing many letters contained in Sacred Scripture. His letters are deeply personal and reveal a shepherd’s heart. Paul is a model for all as we seek to embrace our calling to spread the Gospel.
My Catholic Life! Series
An introduction to this three volume series
The My Catholic Life! Series is a three volume series written as a complete summary of our glorious Catholic faith! The goal of these books is to answer the difficult and deep questions of life in a clear and understandable way. We need to know who we are and what life is all about. We need to know who God is and what He has spoken to us through the ages.
Volume One, My Catholic Faith!, is a summary of the Apostles’ and Nicene Creeds. This volume looks at everything from the creation of the world to God’s eternal plan of salvation. Other topics include: the afterlife, the Trinity, saints, our Blessed Mother, faith, and the Church. It is a summary of the teaching of the Catechism of the Catholic Church #1–1065.
Volume Two, My Catholic Worship!, is a summary of the life of grace found in prayer and the Sacraments. So often the Sacraments can be seen as dry and empty rituals. But they are, in reality, the greatest treasures we have! They are God’s true presence among us! This book is a summary of the Catechism of the Catholic Church #1066–1690 and #2558–2865.
Volume Three, My Catholic Morals!, is a summary of Catholic moral teaching. It reveals the moral principles of our faith as well as a summary of all our Church’s moral teachings. It is a summary of the Catechism of the Catholic Church #1691–2557.