Why Should Christians Read The Catechism?. “By This Revelation,

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Why Should Christians Read the Catechism?

“By this Revelation, then, the invisible God, from the fullness of his love, addresses men as his friends, and moves among them, in order to invite and receive them into his own company.”1 Divine Revelation is not the work of man but rather a gift that God gives to us freely. Without it, we cannot come into the personal relationship that God desires us to have with Himself. It is His thirst for us to know Him that gave birth to Divine Revelation. Our response to it should be that of people thirsting for the satisfaction that we can only find in God. He decided to reveal Himself through the Scriptures and through the Church and so in order to know Him, we must dive deeply into the richness of
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This results in a more complete understanding of Christianity as a whole. The Catechism of the Catholic Church was written to clearly present the deposit of Christian doctrine so that it may be easily accessible to all people. It includes the “teaching of Sacred Scripture, the living Tradition and the authentic Magisterium, as well as the heritage of the spiritual Fathers, Doctors and saints of the Church.”3 Within the four sections of the Catechism, the Profession of the Faith, the Celebration of the Christian Mystery, Life in Christ and Christian are addressed in depth and articulated in a way that can be understand by all. With great excitement, St. John Paul the Great declared it to be a sure norm for teaching the Catholic faith. For Catholics, the Catechism provides the opportunity for individual knowlege and application of Church teachings. It also prepares one to defend and explain the Faith to others when questions arise. This is important, as Christians must “always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have.”4 On all fronts, Catholics are faced with a culture of death that battles against the truth and life that Christ calls us to. Whether the topic of sexuality, suicide or forgiveness comes up, we should always be ready to clearly articulte what we belive and why we do. This can be challenging since some topics demand

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