Choose a topic from Vol 2:


Proof of God's existence
God's nature
Supreme control over all things and the problem of suffering and evil


Destiny of man
Immortality of man's soul
Pre-existence denied
The human free will
Determinism absurd


Necessity of religion
Salvation of the soul
Voice of science
Religious racketeers
Divine revelation
Revealed mysteries
Existence of miracles

The Religion of the Bible

Gospels historical
Missing Books of the Bible
The Bible inspired
Biblical account of creation
New Testament problems
Supposed contradictions in Sacred Scripture

The Christian Faith

Source of Christian teaching
Jewish rejection of Christ
Christianity a new religion
Rational foundation for belief
Causes of unbelief

A Definite Christian Faith

Divisions amongst Christians
Schisms unjustified
Facing the problem
The wrong approach
Is one religion as good as another?
Obligation of inquiry
Charity and tolerance

The Protestant Reformation

Meaning of "Protestant"
Causes of the Reformation
Catholic reaction
Reformers mistaken
The idealization of Protestantism
The Catholic estimate

The Truth of Catholicism

Meaning of the word "Church"
Origin of the Church
The Catholic claim
The Roman hierarchy
The Pope
The Petrine text
St. Peter's supremacy
St. Peter in Rome
Temporal power
Unity of the Church
Holiness of the Church
Catholicity of the Church
Apostolicity of the Church
Indefectibility of the Church
Obligation to be a Catholic

The Church and the Bible

Catholic attitude towards the Bible
Is Bible reading forbidden to Catholics?
Protestant Bibles
The Catholic Douay Version
Principle of private interpretation
Need of Tradition
The teaching authority of the Catholic Church

The Dogmas of the Church

Revolt against dogma
Value of a Creed
The divine gift of Faith
Faith and reason
The "Dark Ages"
The claims of science
The Holy Trinity
Creation and evolution
Grace and salvation
The Sacraments
Holy Eucharist
The Sacrifice of the Mass
Holy Communion
The Catholic Priesthood
Marriage and divorce
Extreme Unction
The resurrection of the body
The end of the world

The Church and Her Moral Teachings

The Inquisition
Other superstitions
Attendance at Mass
Sex education
Attitude to "Free Love"

The Church in Her Worship

Magnificent edifices
Lavish ritual
Women in Church
Catholics and "Mother's Day"
Liturgical Days
Burial rites
Candles and votive lamps
The rosary
Lourdes water
The Scapular

The Church and Social Welfare

Social influence of the Church
The education question
The Church and world distress
Catholic attitude towards Capitalism
The remedy for social ills
Communism condemned
The Fascist State
Morality of war
May individuals become soldiers?
The Church and peace
Capital punishment
Catholic Action

Comparative Study of Non-Catholic Denominations

Defections from the Catholic Church
Coptic Church
Greek Orthodox Church
Anglican Episcopal Church
The "Free" or "Nonconformist" Churches
Church of Christ
Seventh Day Adventists
Plymouth Brethren
Catholic Apostolic Church or Irvingites
Salvation Army
Christian Science
British Israelism
Liberal Catholics
Witnesses of Jehovah
Buchmanism or the "Oxford Group Movement"
From Protestantism to Catholicism

To and From Rome

Conversion of Cardinal Newman
Why Gladstone refrained
The peculiar case of Lord Halifax
Gibbon the historian
Secession of Father Chiniquy
Father Tyrrell, the modernist
Bishop Garrett's departure
Judgment on lapsed Catholics
Protestant apathy towards conversion of Catholics
Principles for converts to Catholicism
God's will that all should become Catholics

The Sacrifice of the Mass

781. What is the Mass?

The Mass is the sacrifice of the Christian dispensation in whichthe very body and blood of Jesus Christ under the appearances ofbread and wine are offered to God by a lawfully ordained priest.This sacrifice of the Mass is offered to render honor and glory toGod, to thank Him for His benefits, to make reparation for the sinsof mankind, and to beg of God the graces and blessings we need. Itrepresents and continues in our midst the one great sacrifice ofJesus on the Cross, and is offered for all the purposes for whichHe died.

782. Christ meant His disciples, each time theybroke bread, to remember His death, and so renew their love for Himeach time.

He meant that, but far more also. Not only were we to rememberHis death for us, but He left His very body under the appearancesof bread so that we might reoffer to the Father, Him who was ourvictim on the Cross. Not only were we to remember His death; wewere to show His death as often as the celebration occurred, thusfulfilling the prophecy of Malachy. "For from the rising ofthe sun even to the going down, My name is great among theGentiles, and in every place there is sacrifice, and there isoffered to My name a clean oblation; for My name is great among theGentiles, saith the Lord of hosts." Mal. I., 11. Nor were wemerely to renew our love for Him. He was to renew His life in us.So He said, "As the living Father hath sent Me, and I live bythe Father, so he that eateth Me, the same also shall live by Me." Jn. VI., 58. It is difficult tounderstand why you should wish to belittle the greatness of Hisgift.

783. Hebrew X., 12, says that Christ's was afinished or perfected work or sacrifice.

The Catholic Church teaches that the Sacrifice of the Cross wasa complete and perfect Sacrifice. The Mass is not a new sacrificingof Christ in the same sense, but is a new offering and applicationof the Christ sacrificed on Calvary. The absolute Sacrificeoccurred on Calvary, the Mass is a relative Sacrifice, deriving itsvalue from the Cross. Just as prior to His death on Calvary, Christoffered His Body and Blood at the Last Supper saying, "This isMy Body which is given for you, this My Blood which is shed foryou," so in the Mass, not now by anticipation but inretrospect, Christ the Victim is offered to His Father.



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