Pearls From the Catechism
I am reading the Catechism in a year through the Flocknote system of Matt Warner and Jeff Pinyan. Basically, they have divided the Catechism into small bite sized portions that get e-mailed to you each day. Totally free, and not too late to sign up here! In this way, you can increase your faith and understanding, one bite at a time, and at the same time fulfill the desire of Pope Benedict to increase our faith in this newly proclaimed Year of Faith. Saint Augustine told us: "I believe to better understand and understand to better believe."
Scripture tells us "faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God." The catechism is a part of the Word of God made up of Holy Scripture and magisterial teaching. As Catholics, we believe that the Word of God is not just the Scripture alone for we are not "People of the Book," but "People of the Word of God." The Lord has chosen to pour out his divine revelation for us in Scripture and in His Church. (To be sure, the Catechism is packed with scripture throughout, more than enough to quell the suspicions of our "bible-alone" friends)
"It is clear therefore that, in the supremely wise arrangement of God, sacred Tradition, Sacred Scripture and the Magisterium of the Church are so connected and associated that one of them cannot stand without the others. Working together, each in its own way, under the action of the one Holy Spirit, they all contribute effectively to the salvation of souls." (cf the catechism 62)
Here's just one little pearl I read this morning:
Believing in Jesus Christ and in the One who sent him for our salvation is necessary for obtaining that salvation. "Since "without faith it is impossible to please [God]" and to attain to the fellowship of his sons, therefore without faith no one has ever attained justification, nor will anyone obtain eternal life 'But he who endures to the end.'"