The Catechism, cover to cover, in one year.

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February 24th, 2012 | Posted by Dan in Podcast - (3 Comments)

First Friday in Lent and First 55 chapters of the CCC.

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Elevator Pitch/Take away:
The Catechism is a statement of what we believe as Catholics. God created us purely out of love and while he reveals himself to us in various ways, we come to know him through nature, reasoning, and the human person. Because of God’s love for us, our greatest fulfillment comes in knowing, loving and serving him.

Break’n it down:
This week’s episode begins with the Prologue which explains the following: The Catechism is a statement on the Church’s beliefs with regard to faith and morals. The Catechism typically gets revised after Vatican Councils, synods of bishops (and in exceedingly rare circumstances, Papal birthday parties). We have the Catechism so we can come to know, love, and serve God more wholly, and catechise others in the faith. The Catechism gets its content and teachings from Sacred Scripture, the Church fathers, Liturgy, and the Magesterium.

All of the teachings of the Catechism are structured around four pillars: the baptismal profession of faith (the Creed), the sacraments of the faith (there are seven of them, but you knew that already), the life of faith (the Commandments), and the prayer of the believer (the Lord’s Prayer).

Section One – The Profession of Faith
Chapter one: Man’s Capacity for God
This examines how we desire and come to know him, and our ability or inability to speak about him.  Through nature, the human person (made in God’s image and likeness), and our ability to reason God’s existence, we come to know God.

Chapter two – God Comes to Meet Man
Through divine revelation God reveals himself and his mercy to man. After the fall of Adam and Eve, God could have abandoned us, but instead he revealed to us a plan for salvation and promise of redemption; in revealing himself he invites us to know and respond to him.