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The How-To Book of Catholic Devotions: Everything You Need to Know but No One Ever Taught You [Kindle Edition]

Mike Aquilina , Regis J. Flaherty , Lisa Grote
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Book Description

De-vo-tion (di-voh-shun) n. 1. Great love or loyalty, enthusiasm, or zeal. 2. Religious worship. 3. Prayers.

You know a lot about the Catholic Church, or maybe you are just learning, but there are things that confuse you—like what to do when you pray a novena, or how to "offer up" something, exactly what the Angelus is, or any of the dozens of other devotions that set Catholics apart from other Christians. But help is here!
The How-To Book of Catholic Devotions is the only book that not only provides the who, what, where, when, and why of the most time-honored traditions of the Church but also the how.
In this complete guide you get:

• step-by-step guidelines to all the devotional rites and rituals of the Catholic Faith

• a history of each devotion and a reflection on its importance in the prayer life of Catholics

• succinct and salient quotes from saints and prominent members of the Church

• cautions, drawn from Scripture and Tradition, for potential temptations and distractions

• the blessings and graces associated with the devotions

If you want to learn what devotions comprise a truly Catholic life—and share those practices with others—you can’t be without The How-To Book of Catholic Devotions.

Now discover how to:

• Pray the Sign of the Cross, Morning Offering, Grace Before Meals, Acts of Faith, Hope, and Love, and many more

• Pray the Angelus

• Make First Fridays and First Saturdays

• Make a novena

• "Offer up" something

• Pray the Rosary

• Read the Bible

• Practice mental prayer

• Examine your conscience

• Fast and abstain

• Pray with sacred images

• Consecrate your life to the Sacred Heart of Jesus or the Immaculate Heart of Mary

• Make a pilgrimage

• Wear a scapular

"This charming book shows you how to plunge in and do all the things devout Catholics do. Learning to pray in Catholic ways, learning to use Catholic things like scapulars and blessings and holy water, and learning to eat fish on Friday while knowing why -- all this amounts to more than one might think. Learning the practices of faith is learning faith again, and remembering why faith is so human and so sacred, and so dear to us."-- Fr. Ronald Lawler, O.F.M. Cap. Member, Pontifical Roman Theological Academy

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Catholics could enrich their spiritual lives immeasurably by rediscovering their legacy of devotions, contend Aquilina (author of five previous books for OSV) and Flaherty (executive director of the Archdiocese of Boston Catholic Cemeteries). The authors' enthusiasm for their subject is admirable. They cover various practices--including meditation, the rosary and confession--but such ambitious scope limits the reader's full appreciation of each practice. The reader's cursory comprehension of these devotions is further hindered by the book's awkward narrative structure. Each chapter highlights several practices by describing a prayer, offering a reflection and including quotations from notable Catholics about the prayer. The authors miss chances to connect devotion to devotion. For example, the section on "How to Pray an Aspiration" (a short prayer that glorifies God) follows the section "How to Meditate" without explaining whether these practices should be independent of, or foster, each other. The final chapter focuses on the necessary ingredients of a good spiritual life: making a spiritual plan, finding direction and living one's faith. Aquilina and Flaherty are at their best here--perhaps this should have been their starting point. The book's curiously abrupt ending demonstrates its narrative problems most plainly, leaving the reader to tie up loose ends. Despite good intentions, this manual will most likely miss the opportunity to recapture Catholics' enthusiasm for their rich spiritual heritage.
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Product Details

  • File Size: 3347 KB
  • Print Length: 266 pages
  • Publisher: Our Sunday Visitor (IN) (February 29, 2000)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
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95 of 95 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Catholic Devotions Made Easy! July 14, 2004
Often times, the biggest problem faced by those new to the Catholic faith is that they are surrounded by lifetime Catholics. Not that there is anything wrong with lifetime Catholics for these people are the pillars of the faith but they have trouble grasping just how much the novice has to learn. Having lived all of their life with all of the tradition and ritual of the Church these lifetime Catholics can't know just how confused someone new to the Church can become. That is where books like this come in.
The authors seem to have aimed this book at Catholics who have never been at all active in the Church and have never been taught its ways but for the novice this book is a treasure. Many of the central beliefs of the Church are explained here and explained in a way that anyone can understand. For example, most Catholics wouldn't really consider Holy Water confusing. The new Catholic however only knows that Dracula doesn't like the stuff and has no idea of its real significance. This book explains just what it symbolizes and is used for.
Among the things explained in this book are the Sign of the Cross, the Angelus, pilgrimages, the Sacred Heart, and the significance of Fridays. All of it explained in an easy to grasp and fun to read manner. About mid-way through the book the reader will almost hear the sound as everything begins to click. Suddenly, many things that were kind of fuzzy become clear and understandable. Things learned in this book will bring the whole world of the Catholic Church into a much clearer focus.
Many people have great knowledge of the things they write about but only a few can communicate their knowledge as well as these two authors.
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112 of 117 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a catholic primer! May 31, 2000
this book is essential for the NEW catholic, the catholic brought up in the "anything goes" period of the 60's and 70's, or the catholic who would just like to expand their knowledge of the faith. Very easy format, and flows beautifully. Includes just about all of the basics. I bought it because I was bothered by distractions during prayer, but it gave me much more than I had hoped for.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome book May 1, 2009
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This books is so much better than what I thought it would be. It is loaded with great prayers and interesting facts. I studied theology at a Catholic College and I was afraid this book was going to be too fundamental for me, but it is loaded with good stuff. I have learned a ton from it and have started using a lot of the prayers in my own prayer life.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars New and Cradle Catholics Agee March 26, 2009
By Linda
New and Cradle Catholics agree that this book is a wonderful title for all that are interested in their faith. I myself became a Catholic about two years ago and I have always been searching for a book that could teach me the basics of catholic devoions. This book is the answer to my search with its wonderful descriptions and easy to understand directions in regards to Catholic devotions. This book is also recommended by Cradle Catholics who found this as a wonderful refresher and often offer the title to new members to the church.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good book June 27, 2008
I bought this book and read a little to my 11 year old every night. He was very touched by it. I highly recommend it. It explains things so thoroughly, and makes you really pay attention to prayer. As a practicing catholic, I really thought I knew these very basic devotions, but you read this and look at the devotions much more deeply and really appreciate them for what they are. You will never pray the Lord's prayer the same way!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Covers so many areas & easy to understand November 29, 2010
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I have thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. I am a cradle Catholic but I'm not completely clear on why we do some of the things we do. This book covered all types of devotions. I have things highlighted and bookmarked all over the place. A wonderful resource that will be on my "bookshelf" for handy reference. May God abundantly bless you both for your work on this book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A reference encyclopedia, not a novel March 25, 2011
This is a reference work. It is arranged in some ways very much like those A-Z guides to, say, Japan... there is no guarantee that the items that are listed are in any meaningful order relevant to each other. As long as you understand that Rosary is next to RCIA because both start with R, not because one follows the other, you will be fine.

This book explains a LOT, and the long time Catholic will often be wondering why they bothered to include this or that since "everyone knows that" but as someone who purchased this book as a convert i can only tell you that its all new to *someone*. If you are newly practicing, intersted in Catholicism, or have realized that maybe you didnt get the religious education you needed, this book will be vetry useful. it is also very handy to have a simple answer handy when people ask you about "that Catholic thing".

Some of the entries are a bit more in depth and detailed than might be suitable for beginners, while some are far too simple to cover a topic for any BUT a beginner, but thats a minor quibble. no book can do it all. I suggest getting this book together with "Catholicism for Dummies" because that is a good overall course of study.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Catholic Devotions January 29, 2012
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This is a wonderful book and I refer to it all the time. I have had this book for a while now, and still I get great use out of it. Detailed by not long-winded on the explanations, which I really like. Put together nicely in an organized manner. I also like that it is paperback, so it is lightweight.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars IF, You are SEEKING, a BOOK to Learn ...
IF, You are SEEKING, a BOOK to Learn More & Understand More, About CATHOLIC'S & CATHOLIC DEVOTION'S; this BOOK is a Must For YOU. Read more
Published 3 months ago by CPT SCOTT
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I use it every day!
Published 3 months ago by Kas
5.0 out of 5 stars Very helpful guide
I wanted a handy guide to a wide range of Catholic devotions, and this book is it. I have the Kindle edition, which is easy to use. Read more
Published 8 months ago by K. R. Monserrat
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiration for everyone
Though a review of the beauty of Catholic devotions, also a worthwhile devotional reading build upon a foundation of prayer.
Published 8 months ago by Paula Westwood
The co-authors wrote in the Introduction to this 2000 book, "it's normal for us to want to pray. God built us that way... But it is sad to say that ... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Steven H Propp
3.0 out of 5 stars Don't bother
Wasn't that helpful, was looking for an easy source to help explain this didn't fit that bill. Had some interesting points but all in all not worth the money
Published 11 months ago by msnurse
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Devotional Guide
This book is good as a guide to popular Catholic devotions. However, it did not go into
the Divine Mercy Chaplet as I recall/. Read more
Published 20 months ago by rkahn
4.0 out of 5 stars Like It
Better than I expected considering it's a Dummies-like book. Not bad whether you're new to the Catholic Faith or not.
Published 20 months ago by wmeler
3.0 out of 5 stars Ebook is Amazon DRM Protected
This ebook is protected by Amazon's DRM. With DRM protected ebooks you don't actually own the book, you are purchasing a license to read the book. Read more
Published 21 months ago by SuperDave27360
2.0 out of 5 stars Not what I expected.
I was hoping for the facts and not all the opinion and side-tracking that I found. Would not recommend at all. Must be something better out there!!
Published 21 months ago by Aurora
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