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May 10th, 2014

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Have you ever heard of YOUCAT? It’s the dream of a youth catechism. In short, it is just the simplified version of Catechism of the Catholic Church book, especially made for the youth.

History of Youcat

In 2005 a simple compilation of the complete “catechism of the Catholic Church” was presented in Vienna. Pope John Paul II. had ordered an edition of the complete catechism to become a central teaching book of religion.

During the press conference a lady raised the issue that this compilation of the catechism wasn’t really suited to attract young people – they needed another slightly different version: a “cool” youth catechism. Brilliant idea! But who should create such a catechism? It couldn’t be thought up in an office. They had to find young Catholics who would be keen to join the project.

A group of authors – priests and laymen – were ready to sketch a basic text on the basis of the “catechism of the Catholic Church”. During two summer sessions they worked together with 50 dedicated young people between 15 and 25. They could ask questions and also protest against things they did not understand. The group came up with lot’s of things ranging from the name “YOUCAT” itself to the contribution of their own photos and the idea of adding cartoons. YOUCAT really became a book by young people for young people and their own gift to the Church.

Pope Benedict XVI. himself supported the project from its very beginning. He personally added a very moving foreword in which he encouraged the young believers to make this manual to religion really to their own book.

Youcat Contents

YOUCAT is full of quotations, references and explanations that help the reader to understand the statements of the Church. The numbers at the end of many explanatory texts point to questions on related topics in YOUCAT. Looking up one after another reveals the versatility and complexity of the Catholic faith. It becomes clear how the different questions are linked to one another.

Youcat Logo

The primary and fundamental design element is the Y, which consists of small crosses, originating from a workshop of young people who participated in the YOUCAT. Each person painted their favorite cross on a large screen. The result is a collage, which became the basis of design.

Youcat Logo

Download the free Youcat PDF full version from the link at the beginning of this article. You can see the simplicity of the content as compared to CCC, Catechism of the Catholic Church. Youcat is even described as the only book you need other than the Bible. Start reading it, you will soon see why.

May 3rd, 2014

Divyakaarunyame Daivame song – Kester

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Play the song ‘Divyakaarunyame Daivame’ sung by Kester from ‘The Prayer’ album by Fr John Painumkal. Music by Prince Joseph.

Lyrics:

Divya Karunyame Daivame
Divya Karunyame snehame (2)
Divya Karunyamayi enne thediyethunna
Yesho ange njaninnaradhikkunnu
Aanandathodulkkondeedunnu

Snehamenna vakkinnartham bhoomiyil
Jeevitham kondangu poorthiyakkumbol
Sneham sahanamanennu njan ariyunnu (2)
Sneham maranamanennu njan kanunnu
Sneham baliyay theerunnu
Changum chorayumekunu
Sneham kurishil poornamakunnu
Sneham kurbanayay maarunnu

Divya Karunyame Daivame
Divya Karunyame snehame

Thiruvathazhathinte punya smaranayithil
Theeyay navil padaranay daivamitha
Thiruvosthiyay roopam prapichanayunnu (2)
Thiru rakthathin shonimayarnninganayunnu
Ullil theeyay uyarunna divya karunyachoodil
Papathin shapangaleriyenam
Snehathin theenalam padarenam

Divya Karunyame Daivame
Divya Karunyame snehame
Divya Karunyamayi enne thediyethunna
Yesho ange njaninnaradhikkunnu
Aanandathodulkkondeedunnu

April 28th, 2014

The Stolen Miracle

The Stolen Miracle

If I just touch his clothes, I will be healed (Mark 5:28). That’s what she told herself, this nameless, bleeding woman who’d traveled 30 miles, fueled by nothing but faith.

It was a daring plan. According to Mosaic Law, women who were ceremonially unclean weren’t allowed to touch anyone, let alone the Son of God. But desperate women do desperate things. For 12 long years blood had flowed from her body, making her physically sick and socially unacceptable.

Desperation and Determination

The physicians of her time were unable to relieve her suffering. She “spent all she had, yet instead of getting better she grew worse” (Mark 5:26). Some of us have been there, dealing with a prolonged illness or stubborn medical condition. It’s frustrating, even embarrassing, to keep going to the doctor, only to return home with an expensive prescription, yet little hope.

The true miracle in this story is what remained healthy: her faith. Her willingness to believe she could be well again, despite all evidence to the contrary. When she heard about a man who’d “healed many who had various diseases” (Mark 1:34), she made a beeline for Capernaum.

After a 30-mile journey, I would have thrown myself in his path, begging him to help me. Instead our bleeding sister quietly “came up behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak” (Mark 5:27). By law, her touch would have made him unclean. By grace, just the opposite happened. “Immediately her bleeding stopped” (Mark 5:29). Without a word, a look, or a touch from Jesus, she was made whole simply by believing he could heal her—and daring to act on that belief.

A Stolen Miracle

When her faith was rewarded, she wasn’t the only one who noticed. “He turned around in the crowd and asked, ‘Who touched my clothes?'” (Mark 5:30). How her heart must have pounded. She’d just stolen a miracle!

When the disciples pointed out that many in the crowded street were touching him, “Jesus kept looking around to see who had done it” (Mark 5:32). He wasn’t looking to accuse but to affirm.

The same faith that empowered her to stretch out her hand now gave her the strength to step forward. She “fell at his feet and, trembling with fear, told him the whole truth” (Mark 5:33). She risked everything—public humiliation, if not punishment—to make her confession of faith, explaining to the crowd “why she had touched him and how she had been instantly healed” (Luke 8:47).

Restored

With a single word from Jesus, 12 years of pain and isolation were swept away: “Daughter…” (Mark 5:34). In no other gospel account does Jesus use this term of endearment and respect. Daughter. She was a member of the family now, restored to her community, setting an example for others who “begged him to let them touch even the edge of his cloak, and all who touched him were healed” (Mark 6:56).

This woman literally put feet to her faith: traveling to Capernaum, reaching out to touch Jesus’ garment, and walking forward at his invitation. By faith, we too can go first in our families, in our workplaces, and in our circles of influence, stepping forward to proclaim, “There is a balm in Gilead to make the wounded whole.”

– – – written by Liz Curtis Higgs

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