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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

A bit more informative than the first volume, intended as it is for older children. Still a valuable resource for catechesis.

Do you want to become a Catholic without going to mass or to confession or reading the Bible? Then just read the Baltimore Catechism which quickly lays out in language any third grader can understand how to know everything you ever wanted to know about Catholicism and didn't want to ask. Although...more

It will take me a year to read all the way through this................more

I love the simplicity of this book. I use it (in part) to teach my catechism class. Some parts I cannot use, because the Church has "nuanced" their thinking about some of these ideas. The illustrations are priceless! Little red devils with horns and tails.... they get the point across!

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.

I was one of those kids who was required to memorize the whole book before making my Confirmation. At the time, it seemed like a huge task, but 55 years later I appreciate the simplicity and wisdom.

This Baltimore Catechism is the catechism of the Holy Roman Catholic Church, written for Catholic school children in the United States. This volume begins with the traditional prayers (Apostles Creed, the Our Father, the Hail Mary, Glory Be, Acts of Contrition, Love, et cetera). The chapters are...more

Great tool for teaching CCD classes!!

I prefer this to the updated version.

These were both excellent re-fresher courses/re-reads that I'd read/learned as a child in Catholic grammar school many years ago and SO easy to read - I'm determined to read through the adult version of the complete Baltimore Catechism.

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