The purpose of this Course is not to convince the complete agnostic, who considers all religion blind superstition, nor the non-Catholic, who may consider Catholicism blind and unreasoned faith. It is to show such people that our Faith is far from “blind” but is a reasoned and logical system based on certain principles – with which they may not agree – but, at least, logically flowing from those principles. It is still more for those who earnestly desire conviction that Religion is true and that the Catholic Religion is the one revealed to mankind by God. That this conviction may lead to embracing and accepting the Way of Life and Revealed Truth of Catholicism all need the light and help of God for which prayer is essential.
The following prayers are suggested:
Grant, I beseech Thee, O Merciful God, that I may earnestly desire those things that are pleasing to Thee, prudently study them, truly learn them, and faithfully fulfil them for the praise and glory of Thy Name. Amen. (Saint Thomas Aquinas)
Lord teach us to pray
Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed by Thy Name; Thy Kingdom come; Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us oar trespasses, as we forgive them that trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen.
To Our Lady
Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee; blessed art thou amongst women; and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now, and at the hour of our death. Amen.
The Apostles’ Creed
I believe in God, the Father Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth. And in Jesus Christ, His only Son, Our Lord, Who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary; suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead and buried. He descended into hell; the third day He rose again from the dead. He ascended into heaven: sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty. From thence He shall come to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Ghost. The Holy Catholic Church: the Communion of Saints. The forgiveness of sins. The resurrection of the body and life everlasting. Amen.
In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost. Amen.