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the prayer life of the universal Church. There is also a collection of some

traditional Catholic prayers in the appendix.


Finally, an alphabetized glossary of many terms appears at the end of

this book. The definitions are brief. It is recommended that readers also

consult the

Catechism of the Catholic Church

, which has an exten-

sive glossary. While studying the

United States Catholic Catechism for


, readers can consult these glossaries for definitions of words that

are not familiar to them.


It is our hope that this

United States Catholic Catechism for Adults


be an aid and a guide for deepening faith. It may serve as a resource

for the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults and for the ongoing cate­

chesis of adults. It will also be of interest for those who wish to become

acquainted with Catholicism. Finally, it can serve as an invitation for all

the faithful to continue growing in the understanding of Jesus Christ and

his saving love for all people.