October 16, 2012
If all a person knows about the Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC) is that it is a really thick book, he might not want to pick it up. If the word “catechism” makes a person roll his eyes, groan and think, “dull, boring,” or “I get everything I need to know about the Faith from Mass on Sunday – don’t need no stinking catechism,” such a person is cheating himself in a big way, both intellectually and spiritually.
I got my hands on a paperback of the first edition around 1997 and was astounded at how simple it is to use, how well organized, and how well it helped me understand the Faith. As soon as the second (corrected) edition came out after 2000 some time, I bought the hardcover. It’s not gathering dust. I’ve used it often for writing projects and other apostolic endeavors. In my post on the Year of Faith – Plenary Indulgences I document the special indulgences the Holy Father has attached to reading the CCC.
Scott Hahn explains in less than five minutes what makes the CCC special and why we all need to have a copy and use it.
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