Sunday, April 25, 2010
The Penny Catechism Is Worth a Million Bucks
The BAD CATHOLIC bought and has been studying a copy of the Penny Catechism. (As a convert, I have a lot of childhood Catholic guilt to catch up on.) This is great stuff. A friend of mine who helps to teach the youth in our parish tells me that it is scary what our young folks don't know about the faith.
Over all, this catechism was well written in majestic English. This is almost poetry: "Why did God make you? God made me to know Him, love Him and serve Him in this world, and to be happy with Him forever in the next."
The Penny Catechism, so called because the early copies only cost a penny, pulls no punches when it comes to sin. "Where will they go who die in mortal sin? They who die in mortal sin will go to Hell for all eternity." Period. No Exceptions. Do not pass Go, Do Not Collect $200.
The sections on Prayer and the Rule of Life are wonderful. They are simple, straight forward and full of spiritual insight and wisdom. Just because something is old, doesn't mean that we need to discard it.
Here's a great article about the Penny Catechism from the Irish Independent.