The Little Book That Could

A few months ago, I wrote a post about how I wanted to read the Catechism of the Catholic Church.  That goal was one that I did not have a chance to fulfill.  That is, not until now, when I started to read YouCat, a Catechism of the Catholic Church written specifically for youths and young adults.

Perhaps one day I will read the full Catechism, but for now, I am learning so much about what it means to be a Catholic from this easily digestible little yellow book.  As soon as I read the introduction, I was hooked. Pope Benedict XVI writes there, “You need to know what you believe. You need to know your faith with the same precision with which an IT specialist knows the inner workings of a computer. You need to understand it like a good musician knows the piece he is playing.” And as I started reading the Catechism, I began to realize how much I don’t know about my faith, which made me want to read more.

I’m excited to continue my journey of faith, and almost feel like YouCat can serve as my guidebook. Sure, it may be considered a Cliffs Notes-type version, but it does explain a lot, and I’m so glad that I took home this book from World Youth Day.

Have any of you read YouCat, or the full Catechism of the Catholic Church?  Please share your thoughts on how it affected your faith to do so!


One thought on “The Little Book That Could”

  1. I read the full catechism in order to write “The Complete Idiot’s Guide to the Catholic Catechism,” which was published in 2008. With an imprimatur. It’s being used in some parishes in the Archdiocese of NY, I’ve been told, as a text for RCIA and high school faith formation.


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