Read the Catechism in a Year

Pope Benedict has proclaimed a Year of Faith, beginning tomorrow, October 11, 2012, and ending on the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, Universal King, on 24 November 2013. A major point of emphasis is the study of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, which John Paul II called one of the chief fruits of Vatican II. Thus, the Year of Faith would be a great opportunity to read it, if you’ve never read it through, or if it’s been a while.

Even if you’re Protestant, or Orthodox, it’s theologically rich with much we share in common, and so it might be salutary for your own faith, and if nothing else it would be an opportunity to learn in depth what Catholics are to believe.

The Catechism is big, in the way God is smart. One blog compared reading it to eating an elephant. How do you do that? Small bites, regular meals. (And a lot of ketchup, methinks.)

There’s booklets and pamphlets available for reading through it in a year that you can get at your local parish or bookstore. But I want to direct you to an online resource as well. Enter your email address, and each day you’ll receive an appropriate portion of the Catechism in your inbox. Enter it here:

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  1. I remember a bishop, who has since become an archbishop (no wonder), wanted to enthrone the newly-issued Catechism on the altar of his cathdral. The Catechism is a patchwork citing of citations…a rehashing of hash…myriad quotations of sources, but nothing new. There is only heartless, icy, hard and numb quilting together of “authoritative” sayings. No worry, there is nothing of the Spirit of God here.

  2. Well its major for me, but still within New Zealand. We are moving from just North of Wellignton in the North Island to just South of Dunedin in the South Island. Major because it involves containers and shipping etc. It will be too cold for my Potraeangme where we are going.

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