Sacraments - Site Reviews
Four web sites contain useful information on the sacraments and are especially worth bookmarking or adding to your favorites list: the Sacraments pages in The Theology Library and in Resources for Catholic Educators both contain extensive lists of excellent sites on sacraments in general and on individual sacraments. The third site of note is the The Nazareth Master Catechism. This Catechism is in fact a compilation of links to 5 different Catholic Catechism: The Catechetical Instructions of St. Thomas Aquinas, The Catechism of Trent, The Baltimore Catechism, The Catechism of Pius X, and the Catechism of the Catholic Church. One section of the Nazareth Master Catechism deals specifically with the sacraments.
The Sacrament of Baptism
Baptisms Biblical Roots, an article written by by Carolyn Thomas, S.C.N. and published online by St. Anthony Messenger Press examines the roots of Baptism as it is celebrated today in the Gospels, in Acts, in Paul, and in the tradition of the early Church. This is very readable and it manages in a few pages to provide indispensable background information that helps deepen ones understanding of the meaning of Baptism.
The Office of the Catechism of the NCCB/USCC has prepared a number of quizzes on the different themes of the Catechism of the Catholic Church. The quiz on Baptism contains 10 questions with links to the answers. These questions could be used in an adult education class, RCIA, or as background information for catechist and religion teachers. How would you answer this question (the tenth in the quiz)?: True or false. "Under certain conditions, even non-Christians can baptize another into the Christian faith."
A good ressource on sacraments is Liturgy and Sacraments Online Catholic Resources. This Web page offers dozens of excerpts from Church Fathers, church documents, writings by Pope John Paul II, and articles by Dr. Marcellino D'Ambrosio.
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