Tuesday, May 17, 2011

The Pope's Compelling Appeal to Youth -- YouCat!

Howdy, Coffee Talkers!

I've started reading my copy of the YouCat (the new Youth Catechism of the Catholic Church) more closely, and the more I read, the more I love! Y'all need to buy a copy, ASAP. (Or if you're involved in one of the catechetical programs at my parish, I'll probably order one for you at some point. It's so rockin'!)

Pope Benedict XVI wrote an introduction to YouCat, which is as lovely as the book itself! Here's one of my favorite passages:
You need to know what you believe. You need to know your faith with that 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. Yes, you need to be more deeply rooted in the faith than the generation of your parents so that you can engage the challenges and temptations of this time with strength and determination.
Amen, BXVI! I'm very excited that the Pope's giving these YouCat bad boys to all of the pilgrims at World Youth Day, and I can't wait to bring them to all of the high school youth in formation classes at my parish -- woo-hoo!

Peace and all good,

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