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The Baltimore Catechism No. 2

Book Overview: 

A catechism is a summary of the principles of Christian religion and articles of the faith. The Baltimore Catechism specifically was the de facto standard Catholic school text in the United States from 1885 to the late 1960s. It was the first such catechism written for Catholics in North America, replacing a translation of Bellarmine's Small Catechism. The Baltimore Catechism remained in use in nearly all Catholic schools until many moved away from catechism-based education, though it is still used up to this day in some. (Summary by Wikipedia)

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .God will give us eternal life and the means to obtain it.

109. Q. What is Charity? A. Charity is a Divine virtue by which we love God above all things for His own sake, and our neighbor as ourselves for the love of God.

110. Q. What is actual grace? A. Actual grace is that help of God which enlightens our mind and moves our will to shun evil and do good.

111. Q. Is grace necessary to salvation? A. Grace is necessary to salvation, because without grace we can do nothing to merit heaven.

112. Q. Can we resist the grace of God? A. We can and unfortunately often do resist the grace of God.

113. Q. What is the grace of perseverance? A. The grace of perseverance is a particular gift of God which enables us to continue in the state of grace till death.


114. Q. Which are the means instituted by our Lord to enable m. . . Read More

Community Reviews

This is a great book for outlining the Catholic faith to older children.
Do not let the teaching stand on its own, however.
This will be most effective for good formation if each topic is used as the basis of open discussion.
Allow the students to question and discuss.
Activate the spirit within them.

An old book from my troubled youth and a reminder of parochial school. Still relevant, still idealistic, still calling us to higher things. More impressive at the end of my life than it was at the beginning. May we all reach such ideals of religious faith and fervor.

The 2011 edition of Saint Joseph Baltimore Catechism No. 2 was officially revised and published by Catholic Book Publishing based on four earlier editions beginning in 1962. The 2011 edition has explanations and study guides that are for Junior and Senior high school learners. The text has 38 lesson

We are using this text as CCD education this fall due to distance learning. As a teacher, I find the text straight to the point and direct for my students. The illustrations are dated and some of the text as well but I find that it is a refreshing to get back to basics. I have taught using book No1

You can’t go wrong with Baltimore.

Grade school kids in the 1950s used to know this by heart. Thus proving that yesterday's school kid knew more about Catholicism than today's adult Catholics.

Even though it was meant for school-age children, once you factor in the entropy of our educational system, this book is eminently readable for modern adults. Despite going to Catholic school for 13 years of school-age education in the '90s, we never touched on these basics. It was both great and di

Great tool for teaching CCD classes!!

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