So, there you have it. Hundreds of other questions could have been answered but this exercise was simply undertaken in order that the reader might glimpse the truth of Catholicism. We can always find another question to ask. There will always be difficulties arising that beg a response. But, 1,000 difficulties do not equal one doubt. St Peter, the first Pope, had an attitude that could be summed up in the following sentence: "I believe Lord, but help my unbelief." Such an attitude is not a blind, mindless resignation that is opposed to logic and reason. Peter is simply recognising that he is not God and so he knows that he is incapable of understanding the mysteries of religion without the help of our all-knowing God. A mystery is not something we know nothing about, rather it is something that we know only partially. The Church calls on all seekers after truth to adopt St Peter's attitude. It challenges us to find out more of the mystery of God, but to be humble enough to realise that we can never know it all in this life. Therefore, Catholicism is reasonable. It is comfortable with mystery.
Catholicism is also realistic because it offers the world the only real antidote to evil, namely grace. The Church in its fullest sense, is the sole distributor of grace in the world. [Grace = the holy power we need to get to Heaven; it is a free gift of God]. That is why the Church is Catholic, because 'Catholic' means universal. The Church is for EVERYONE and it is aimed at 100% Eucharistic communion amongst all people. Jesus Christ is the Head of the Church which is His Body. Jesus is the same yesterday, today and forever. Every knee should bend, and every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord. But the choice to accept Jesus, and the Catholic Church He founded, is free. Jesus is Love, He does not force us. The best His Church can do is to propose, it can never impose (The Truth of Catholicism, Weigel, G). The Church is one voice among many, just as Jesus was 2,000 years ago when He walked the Earth.
If at any time in the reading of this compilation you have been driven, in conscience, to reject the teaching of the Catholic Church then the compiler apologises profusely. The compiler is confident that your rejection was not actually of Jesus or the teachings of His Church, but was probably due to the compiler's inability to present the truths of Catholicism clearly enough. The compiler is certain of this because of the knowledge that Christ is Truth itself. Provided the reader is an honest seeker after truth, there can be no ultimate disagreement between Truth (Jesus) and the reader. The teachings of Catholicism are the teachings of Christ (Luke 10:16).
References of the miscellaneous questions: Catechism of the Catholic Church; Apologetics and Catholic Doctrine, Sheehan; Beginning Apologetics, Chacon & Burnham; Radio Replies, Rumble & Carty; Theology for Beginners, Sheed; Catholic Replies, Drummey; Our Father's Plan, Hahn & Cavins; Prove it God, Prove it Jesus, Welborn; Unlocking the Mystery of Life, www.illustramedia.com; Creation Rediscovered, Keane; Kreeft, www.crisismagazine.
* Please note that this text should be read in the context of the whole work and in recognition of the appropriate paragraphs of the Catechism of the Catholic Church highlighted in the index.