The Treasure of the Catechism

by Scott on November 25, 2012

Thanks to an initiative by Flocknote, I’ve been reading a bit of the Catechism of the Catholic Church each day since the Year of Faith began last month. A few bite-size paragraphs arrive in my email each day, making it easy to keep my commitment to read the entire book in a year’s time.

I’m always amazed at the way in which this book containing the “full, complete exposition of Catholic doctrine” explains the faith of the Roman Catholic Church in terms anyone can understand. It begins with the very basics concerning the life of human beings and from there builds into a fully detailed description of our Catholic faith.

The Catechism is certainly a must-read for every Catholic Christian. I also highly recommend it for anyone who may be interested in learning the truth about Catholicism, rather than simply accepting as true the widespread mis-informed rhetoric concerning the Catholic faith.

As an example of the readability of the Catechism, here’s how it begins:

“FATHER, … this is eternal life, that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent.” “God our Savior desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.” “There is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved” – than the name of JESUS.

I. THE LIFE OF MAN — TO KNOW AND LOVE GOD

1 God, infinitely perfect and blessed in himself, in a plan of sheer goodness freely created man to make him share in his own blessed life. For this reason, at every time and in every place, God draws close to man. He calls man to seek him, to know him, to love him with all his strength. He calls together all men, scattered and divided by sin, into the unity of his family, the Church. To accomplish this, when the fullness of time had come, God sent his Son as Redeemer and Savior. In his Son and through him, he invites men to become, in the Holy Spirit, his adopted children and thus heirs of his blessed life.

2 So that this call should resound throughout the world, Christ sent forth the apostles he had chosen, commissioning them to proclaim the gospel: “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, to the close of the age.” Strengthened by this mission, the apostles “went forth and preached everywhere, while the Lord worked with them and confirmed the message by the signs that attended it.”

3 Those who with God’s help have welcomed Christ’s call and freely responded to it are urged on by love of Christ to proclaim the Good News everywhere in the world. This treasure, received from the apostles, has been faithfully guarded by their successors. All Christ’s faithful are called to hand it on from generation to generation, by professing the faith, by living it in fraternal sharing, and by celebrating it in liturgy and prayer.(1)

Another great thing about the Catechism is that it provides the scriptural references for the precepts of our faith. I can’t see how anyone who reads the Catechism with an open mind could help but understand that the fullness of the Christian faith resides in the Church; that we are truly the Church established by Christ himself. It’s the Catholic Church that contains the full deposit of Christian faith. The living Word of God – found in both Sacred Scripture and Tradition – is encountered in the Church. The Catechism explains why this is true in language we can all understand and relate to.

Do yourself a favor and pick up this amazing book. It’s available in hardcover, paperback and in a Kindle edition. But be warned, if you do you might find it difficult to put down.

(1) Copyright © 1994, United States Catholic Conference, Inc.

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Fabio September 12, 2015 at 7:59 am

Honest? All those fine things are avblalaie somewhere on the Internet for them that likes’em and I do. I read blogs and subscribe to the feeds to read the stories, slices of life, wisdom and personal insight and the like of individual blog authors.Just one opinion but there wasn’t a section in the poll to indicate this 🙂 so I offer the comment.I’ve been enjoying your blog as is.

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