Deep Down Things: Essays on Catholic Culture by Joseph A. Cirincione, John C. Chalberg, Curtis L. Hancock,

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Deep Down issues explores universal threads that symbolize Catholicism. The individuals glance successively at Catholic tradition and daily life, Catholic tradition and the innovative lifestyles, and Catholic tradition and postmodern life_where person judgment of right and wrong, skepticism, and relativism problem Church authority and religion itself. They accomplish that searching for foundational parts that persist and include a tradition that Catholics realize despite their various ethnicity, geographic position, or historic epoch.

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Sin and the formation of conscience are important themes in Catholic circles. Moral theology is a discipline of study for Mother Church. The proper mores and the failure of personal and societal sin are common Catholic themes. The ethical magisterium of the Church seems to be very public and all pervasive. Supposedly Catholics know what sin and guilt are. Roman Catholics have a tremendous corpus of moral teachings to nourish their commitments to their religion. Morality is, perhaps, even more important in the Catholic parish than reading the Bible from cover to cover.

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They are only a means whereby we attempt to reach God. As followers of Jesus, this is the way we believe He wants it done. If we rely on how a priest holds his hands or how beautiful it all looks, we will eventually be disappointed. The symbol should lead us on to an awareness of (1) God and His activity in our lives, and (2) our attempts at living the Christian life. The symbols soon wear out if we do not pass beyond them to real prayer. Granted, there are certain adverse limitations on the Mass which a mixed group of all ages raises, and the personal habits of a priest may encourage; but this is a reality, and the way any group of human beings function when the lines of age, talent, and interest are attempted to be bridged.

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