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Catechists, the Catechism, and Courage
by Pat Gohn, editor of Catechist

Anniversaries are a great time to look back, look ahead, and count the blessings. On our 25th “silver” wedding anniversary, my husband and I had the good fortune to renew our wedding vows in Rome, Italy. There was a lovely Mass in a beautiful church on a pristine, sunny afternoon. More importantly, it was a chance to rededicate ourselves to growing in love and service to our vocation for years to come. Our vocations as catechists deserve attention, as well! And in this issue we’re putting the focus on one of our most important faith-building resources: The Catechism of the Catholic Church.

This year the Catechism reaches its quarter-century mark, and Catechist is happy to celebrate it! This issue reflects on how to better embrace the Catechism with renewed devotion in our catechetical mission. I offer a look back with a salute to “The Catechism at 25."  Marlon de la Torre helps us look ahead to applying the Catechism more frequently with how-to practicality in “Using the Catechism in the Classroom." And Kimberly Bruce counts the blessings of the youth catechism in “The Four Life-Giving Gifts of YOUCAT." 

It’s easy to observe that the words catechism and catechist are quite similar. Yet while we are extolling the book in this issue, it never supersedes the person who brings the Good News and good catechesis to others. Ours will always be a person-to-person ministry, whether we lead a class, a group, or our families in our endeavors.

Indeed, it may be said that a good catechist might be the only “catechism” some folks ever read!

Our witness to the faith must always be renewed, enlarged, and transformed. Renewal in our own lives, as happens in the wider Church, always flows from good catechesis. Therefore, may we grow in wisdom and knowledge in what the Church teaches. May we “Echo the Faith With Courage” — that is our hope here at Catechist, and also the title of a bright gem of catechesis by Hosffman Ospino. 

Courageous catechists carrying catechisms can catechize the world!

(Admittedly, I’m going for alliteration here. But you get the point.) 

Thanks for all you do to serve Christ and the Church. Let us pray for one another.

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