April 17, 2006

God commissioned the Church to catechize long before he inspired the Church to write and assemble the New Testament.

In fact, the New Testament writings came into being as inspired outgrowths of the Church's catechizing activity.

catechize
from Latin catechizare, from Greek katechizein "teach orally, instruct by word of mouth," from kata "thoroughly" + echein "to sound."

The first reading at Easter morning Mass is from the tenth chapter of the Acts of the Apostles.  St. Peter is speaking.
God anointed Jesus of Nazareth
with the Holy Spirit and power....
We are witnesses of all that he did....
This man God raised on the third day and granted that he be visible,
not to all the people, but to us,
the witnesses chosen by God in advance,
who ate and drank with him after he rose from the dead.
He commissioned us to PREACH to the people and TESTIFY....

Jesus rose from the dead.

The apostles witnessed him, and they preached and testified about him to other people by word of mouth-- that is, they catechized others.

The New Testament writings are the inspired, written outgrowths of this catechesis.

WITHOUT THE CATECHIZING APOSTOLIC CHURCH, IT IS NOT POSSIBLE TO UNDERSTAND THE NEW TESTAMENT ACCORDING TO THE MIND OF GOD WHO COMMISSIONED THE APOSTOLIC CHURCH TO PREACH AND TESTIFY.

The One, Holy, Catholic, Apostolic Church has published a complete summary of her catechism: a quick, "question-and-answer" overview of the essential contents of the faith for which God commissioned the apostles to preach and testify. Check it out by clicking on: COMPENDIUM.

The Church also has a "full-length" version: Catechism of the Catholic Church. Check it out by clicking on: CCC.

An online calendar and guide for short daily readings from the Catechism of the Catholic Church is HERE. That's also a blog for online discussions, questions and answers.

Jesus rose from the dead and forty days later he ascended into heaven. Ten days after his ascension, the Holy Spirit empowered the apostolic Church to give its first public catechesis. It's in the second chapter of the Acts of the Apostles, which you can read by clicking on: ACTS 2.

The "sweetened and condensed" version of that is HERE.

I enthusiastically recommend you get at least the summary of the catechism.
Click HERE for it.

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