February: Reflection Two

Year of FaithTHE STORY OF THE CATECHISM OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH.

“The principal task entrusted to the Council by Pope John XXIII was to guard and present better the precious deposit of Christian doctrine in order to make it more accessible to the Christian faithful and to all people of good will. It is a statement of the Church’s faith and of catholic doctrine, attested to or illumined by Sacred Scripture, the Apostolic Tradition and the Church’s Magisterium” (From the Introduction)

When Pope John XXIII called the Vatican Council, one of the tasks he gave it was to make a presentation of the teachings of the Church, to make it more easily understood by the Christian faithful and all people of good will. Many will remember the “Penny catechism” and then Lumko’s “Our Journey Together” and even the People of God series. These appeared as a result of the Vatican Council. Then Pope John Paul at a meeting with Bishops in 1985 decided on a new Catechism, a compendium of all the teachings of the Church.

 It is called the Catechism of the Catholic Church. It was published in 1994 and this new catechism has everything in it that the Church teaches and believes. It is divided into four sections. Section one is an explanation of the Creed and of all we believe as Catholics. Section two is about the liturgy and the sacraments. Section three is about morality, sin and justice and section four is about prayer. There is also now a special catechism for youth based on this catechism called YOUCAT. All the catechisms that are used in our area in the different languages are based on the catechism of John Paul.

Questions for Reflection and Action.

Where did you learn the most about your faith? At home, school, in catechism class?   What catechism book did you use? Did you know about the new Catechism of the Catholic Church?

What areas of the faith do you find difficult to understand?

Do you have a catechism at home?

Have you considered teaching catechism because in doing so you will not only be teaching others but also learning yourself?

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