No matter who you are, this Catholic guide is an invaluable reference. Keep a copy on hand to answer questions you may have from time to time about your faith, or rediscover the faith by reading it straight through. It is the quintessential compact guidebook to all of the basic tenets of Catholicism. The first section covers the doctrines of the Roman Catholic Church & keys each to the comprehensive Catechism of the Catholic Church for those who wish a more detailed presentation. The second section presents the Church's practices, including among other topics, the commandments, holy days of obligation, the corporal & spiritual works of mercy, the cycle of the liturgy, & directions for emergency baptism & the preparation for sick calls. The third section contains more than 35 prayers, including the Stations of the Cross, the Rosary, Benediction of the Most Blessed Sacrament, as well as the Order of Mass, morning & evening prayers, & prayers for peace among others. A fourth section describes the life of Catholics in a post-Vatican II era, giving guides to action for Catholics as well as principles for interfaith understanding. The fifth section summarizes the documents of Vatican II. The sixth section, an alphabetical glossary ranging from "abba" to "zeal," provides the most essential definitions of Catholic terms & topics. Have you ever wondered which day is a particular saint's day? Section seven includes a day-by-day calendar for more than 365 saints, along with other patronages where appropriate. Altogether these sections form an accessible presentation of Catholic faith & an ideal companion to the Catechism.