BySantosh Rodrigues

The English word "catechize" simply means to teach biblical truth in an orderly way.  The very five reasons why a Catholic need to learn Catechism is, 

  1.  We are required to “continue in the faith, stable and steadfast” (Colossians 1:23).
  2. We are urged to “attain to the unity of the... knowledge of the Son of that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about by every wind of doctrine” (Ephesians 4:13-14).
  3. There are many deceivers (1 John 2:26).
  4. There are difficult doctrines “which the ignorant and unstable twist to their own destruction” (2 Peter 3:16).
  5. Leaders must be raised up who can “give instruction in sound doctrine and also confute those who contradict it” (Titus 1:9).

We received Holy Spirit in the Sacrament of Baptism, and we need to live with him, he is our guide and consoler for every problem.  We catholic are very lucky to have Sunday Classes in our very early age which will keep our Catholic sprit alive and prepare us to face the world of Evil.  The first Catechism class was started on the day of Pentecost, and is been carried out till date.  The teaching of Jesus is been passed thought generation to generation and it is the duty of every Christine to carryout the mission of the Christ.  Catechism is preparing Catholic to live our Baptism and to get ready to receive the sacrament of Holy Eucharist.  Catechism prepare a Catholic to live a fruitful Christine Life.  

In today’s world lot of questions are raised against our Religion, less knowledge will disturb the peace of mind.  Distractive minds are easy victims, resulting in either joining other groups or religion.  It is important to give deep knowledge of our faith to our young children.  Sunday classes are only sources to those who study in non Catholic Institutions and Schools.  Our children are provided with good food and Education, but we fail to give Religious knowledge to our Children,  Young minds need to be molded in right way so they become wonderful faithful of tomorrow.  

The Catechism provides the beginning of what should be considered the single greatest Catholic need in the world today, namely, to understand what we believe.

Recall the sower parable of Our Lord as narrated by St. Matthew. The sower in the parable sows all good seed, but on four different kinds of ground. Only the last soil produces any yield. It is especially the first fruitless soil that applies to these reflections.

In the words of Christ, as the sower sowed the seed, "some seeds fell on the edge of the path; and the birds came and ate them up."

When the disciples asked Jesus to explain the parable, He told them, "When anyone hears the words of the Kingdom without understanding, the evil one comes and carries off what was sown in his heart. This is the man who received the seed on the edge of the path" (Matthew 13:10, 18-19).

This is both simple and tragic. The seed of God’s revealed truth has been sown into our hearts at Baptism. But that was only the beginning. We must do everything in our power to grasp the meaning of what we believe. Otherwise the devil will come along and steal the faith from our hearts.

There has never been a substitute for understanding our Christian religion. There is no substitute today. But now, this understanding is absolutely imperative. The world in which we live is hell-bent on stealing from our hearts what we believe.

That is why the Catechism of the Catholic Church is such a providential Godsend. It provides the believing Catholic not only with information about what to believe. It also gives us an explanation of the meaning of what we believe.

Of course, the Catechism is only a start. But it promises to be a powerful initiative for waking up a sleeping Catholic world to the duty we have.  Let every child in our family be faithful and learn the truths of Church in deep and lead a peaceful Christine life. 

Today here in Bejai we started our this year’s catechism Class, we as a parish team congratulate all our young minds and hearts for joining this great event on this beautiful day of holy Trinity.  I call upon every parent to encourage their children to attend Sunday Classes at 8.30 am and to take active part in holy Eucharist at 9.30am in our church.  Let there be holy spirit among all those who teach, and may god bless them and their families.

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