A wonderful discovery I made on entering the Catholic Church was its Catechism. Developed post Vatican II, the intention was to gather the teaching of the Church in one place and to make that teaching accessible to all. The document was approached in an entirely catholic manner, by which I mean eclectic and indiscriminate. An editorial committee was tasked with bringing this divergent collection of global contributions together.
In 1994 the ‘Catechism of the Catholic Church‘ was published as a document that, ‘must present faithfully and organically the teaching of Sacred Scripture, the living Tradition of the Church, and the authentic Magisterium, as well as the spiritual heritage of the Fathers and saints of the Church, in order to allow the Christian mystery to be known and to revive the faith of God’s people’, the words of Pope John Paul II in launching the Catechism.
Having been a follower of Jesus for over forty years, this book has become a source of great delight to me. Its content is understandable and it captures the heart of the faith I have taken as my own. I have cause to pause and contemplate so often as I read in it. In an age when we so often look to articulate Christian values, and wonder why they falter and fail so often in the face of direct challenges if not to us then to our children, the Catechism affords the foundations from which such values are birthed and earthed, and once removed can on;y wither and die no matter how inspiring they might appear at face value.
My life is one of seeking encounter with Christ and my responsibility to curate that with which I am entrusted. As I am enlarged in my humanity through my engagement with the Catechism, so I desire to curate this magnificent trove of treasure for us all.