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What Do We Believe?
by Fáinche Ryan
Published:12 June 2012
Although the term ‘Christian’ is largely used throughout, this book is written from a Catholic perspective. The author seeks to encourage her co-religionists to consider more deeply the meaning of the words ‘Church’ and ‘Sacrament’. She traces the history and traditions of Christianity from the time of Christ up to and beyond the Second Vatican Council. Concerning the Mass and the Eucharist, she points to small changes in ritual but emphasises the essential continuity of both. The theme of the book is enriched by quotations from Scripture and from the writings of many theologians from St Paul to Pope John-Paul ll. For Catholics this study could lead to a more profound contemplation and appreciation of the Eucharist, one of the great mysteries inherent in their beliefs. For others it might go some way to explaining why many people hold such beliefs.
Reviewer: Alexandra Irvine (03/08/12)