When I started RCIA class in 2009, as a Protestant, I was introduced to the Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC). The Big Green Book, as it is affectionately known, is “a complete and accurate exposition of Catholic doctrine.” I was thrilled that the Catholic Church had such a readable manual, for never before had I seen Christian beliefs so compiled by any Christian church.
No longer is Sacred Scripture THE Gospel According to Me, but through the CCC, I have two thousand years of Magisterium clarifying Sacred Scripture. Do I have questions on anything–birth control, homosexuality and homosexual marriages, grace, prayer, adherence to the Sabbath? Well in the CCC, I have the answer.
“Faith Alone” and “Scripture Alone” (Luther’s assertions– and both of which are unscriptural by the way) don’t provide the answers. I can depend on the Church’s wisdom contained in the CCC to find any response. As Blessed Pope John Paul II said, “I ask all the Church’s shepherds and faithful members to receive this Catechism in a spirit of communion and to make careful use of it in carrying out their mission to proclaim the faith and to call to the gospel life. This Catechism is given to them to serve as a sure and authentic source book for the teaching of Catholic doctrine and especially for the composition of local catechisms. It is also offered to all the faithful who want to understand better the inexhaustible riches of salvation.”
Now my question to you, dear reader, in this Year of Faith declared by Pope Benedict Emeritus is: Are you taking advantage of this Sacred Guidebook of the Magisterium of the Catholic Church? If not, then you are not cashing in on your driving directions to life. I encourage you to try this: “A page a day keeps the enemy away.” Also for youth, YOUCAT (Youth Catechism) was created. Pope Benedict Emeritus said, “This book, (YOUCAT), is exciting because it speaks of our own destiny and so deeply engages every one of us.” Our King family reads a page of YOUCAT at dinner along with a chapter of The Bible. Easy, entertaining, and much better than sitting in front of the TV wolfing down our meal. Both the Big Green Book (CCC) and YOUCAT can be found at your local Catholic bookstore or at amazon.com
In addition to our dinner-time reading, for the past four years, during my daily morning quiet time, I’ve read two pages of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, prayed The Rosary and the Divine Mercy Chaplet with personal prayers, and read a chapter of The Bible (30 minutes total). What better way to start the day except adding in Daily Mass. If we are to do God’s will here on earth as it is in heaven, we MUST know Him, and we can’t know God the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, unless we seek Him.
I will close this article with what Pope Benedict Emeritus said in his forward of YOUCAT. “So I invite you: Study this Catechism! That is my heartfelt desire. This Catechism was not written to please you. It will not make life easy for you, because it demands of you a new life. It places before you the Gospel message as the ‘pearl of great value’ (Mt. 13:46) for which you must give everything…. You need to know what you believe.”