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Catechism Of The Catholic Church PDF

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I am sure you might have heard about Catechism Of The Catholic Church, called CCC in short. Do you know what CCC really is? What are the contents of Catechism Of The Catholic Church? Who wrote all the contents of this large Catechism book of the Catholic Church? Please read on.

Short History of Catechism Of The Catholic Church (CCC)

The Catechism of the Catholic Church (or CCC) is a catechism promulgated for the Catholic Church by Pope John Paul II in 1992. The decision to publish a catechism was taken at the Extraordinary Assembly of the Synod of Bishops that was convened by Pope John Paul II on 25 January 1985 for the 20th anniversary of the close of the Second Vatican Council, and in 1986, put a commission composed of 12 bishops and cardinals in charge of the project. The commission was assisted by a seven member committee including diocesan bishops and experts in theology and catechesis.

The text was approved by John Paul II on 25 June 1992, and promulgated by him on 11 October 1992, the 30th anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council, with his apostolic constitution, Fidei depositum. Cardinal Georges Cottier, Theologian emeritus of the Pontifical Household and now Cardinal-Deacon of Santi Domenico e Sisto the University Church of the Pontifical University of Saint Thomas Aquinas, Angelicum was influential in drafting the encyclical.

About the Book CCC

When the first American edition of the Catechism came out, it was an unexpected national bestseller. Why? Maybe it was because this book, is an age filled with doubts, teaches with authority. It isn’t an interpretation of what Catholics believe; it is what Catholics believe. Here in one volume is the whole teaching of the Church, undiluted and uncompromised. These teachings are eternal. But the Catechism itself is up-to-the minute.

From animal experimentation to unemployment, it addresses all the most pressing moral questions of the modern world. The index is a masterpiece in itself, nearly 50 pages of carefully organized references that make it easy to find the Catechism’s treatment of any subject. The second edition has been revised in accordance with the official Latin text. It also adds a helpful glossary.

In PDF format, Catechism Of The Catholic Church contains 1425 pages. A more simplified version of CCC was later published which is known as YouCat, a much more simplified version especially for the catholic youth.


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January 10th, 2013

Why Should I Be A Catholic?

Why Should I Be A Catholic

I believe that my stay in the Church is on account of the gift of faith granted to me by God. In my student days I had my disbelief and confusion. Those days I spent time to read the Bible, and many other books. Slowly the turbulence died down and my mind was firm that Jesus is true, without a blemish and He would not cheat.

Jesus told his disciples “No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him” (Mat. 6:44). There may be many ways God chooses for the individuals. It may be very difficult to understand the theory, but if we believe Him we have to believe the word of Jesus. God loves us and He wants to perpetuate His love through His promises and His Word.

The promise of the Holy Spirit

The greatest gift that God has given the Church was the Pentecost day. Jesus ascended into heaven after forty days of his resurrection. He and the Father sent the gift of Holy Spirit upon the Apostles and Mary when they were praying in the upper room where Jesus had celebrated the last Supper. They heard a great wind and the Holy Spirit descended on them in the form of flames of fire.

They who were afraid of everything were filled with courage given by the Holy Spirit. Also the Holy Spirit helped them to remember all what Jesus told them and to understand its deeper meaning and guided them in what they were to say and do. Jesus promised that the Holy Spirit would always guide and protect the Church until the end of time.

The leadership

Jesus also gave the gift of leadership. One day when He was with his disciples, He asked them who people said He was. They answered that the people were saying “prophet” “John the Baptist” and so on.. Hearing this He asked them who they thought He was. Peter answered that He was the Christ, the son of the living God. At this point Jesus told Peter that the revelation came from God. He commanded him to lead and guide the Church. Ever since then the Church has been guided by a successor of Peter whom we call Pope or Holy Father.

The past 2000 years have witnessed many turmoil, confusions, reformation, threats and sufferings,, even fights for power in the Church, but the Church stood on its feet and survived all threats and difficulties. The most modern crisis is the clergy sexual abuse. Apart from the sins and shame it brought about, the enemies want to make the opportunity to humiliate and threaten the leadership. We know the Church has nothing to fear. The Catholic leadership is not a dictatorship, but a collegiality, with all the bishops of the world as leaders. We have the bishops who guide the local Church, assisted by priests.

The Sacrament of Reconciliation or Confession

Jesus died on the cross so that our sins may be forgiven. This Sacrament enables us to experience repentance and forgiveness in a very real way. In the Old Testament we hear the prophets asking the people to repent. Jesus in many parables spoke of the joy God has, when the sinner turns back from sin. Same joy God feels when we go for confession. God through his priest tells us how much he loves us and forgives us.

The Holy Eucharist

Jesus is God and savior . He died for us all generations till the end of the world. He wants us to remember his death and resurrection. So he wanted something to perpetuate the memory Jesus therefore instituted the Holy Eucharist and asked us to remember him through the celebration of the Eucharist.

He has to be remembered as the one who came down from heaven, lived among people, suffered, crucified, died, buried and risen to save us. It is a great privilege for a believer that he/she can eat his body and drink his blood in memory of him and get strengthened in body and spirit.

Other Sacraments

Confirmation, matrimony, Holy Orders and anointing the sick – Through all these sacraments grace is poured out to the believers, the bride and bridegroom, the priests and all.

Word of God

The Bible which contains the Word of God is another great gift of the Holy Spirit. When we listen to the Word of God, we feel his proximity. The Word of God is a light in our path and strength to our souls.

The Tradition

The Church is guided by traditions also, for it is one of the ways that God reveals His will. It is defined as practice and beliefs that were not written down but which have been passed on to us throughout the history of the Church. Therefore Bible and Tradition are sacred.

We have so much for which we can be grateful. Possibly the most precious gift is our Catholic faith. We have received a gift that not everyone has. Those who have not got this gift are not bad people or condemnable people. But we who have the gift should work to make it grow in our lives and be willing to share it with others. This is best done by becoming a good Christian in all our words and deeds.

I am happy to be a Catholic because I believe that the Catholic Church is the depository of all truth and wisdom.

Why Be Catholic, Dad?

Are Catholics Christians?

- – - written by K C Thomas


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December 23rd, 2012

Your Disposition At Church Matters

Your Disposition At Church Matters

Sound disposition is required while going to church for mass. It doesn’t matter which apparel you are wearing, or what ornaments you have adorned. What matters is with what disposition we have come to church. With right disposition while at mass, we can be sure that our prayers and supplications will never be unheard or unanswered.

A disposition is a habit, a preparation, a state of readiness, or a tendency to act in a specified way. The terms dispositional belief and occurrent belief refer, in the former case, to a belief that is held in the mind but not currently being considered, and in the latter case, to a belief that is currently being considered by the mind.

Different dispositions from The Bible

In the Bible we see (Mark 1: 21-28) how Jesus drives out an evil spirit. It happened that a man with an evil spirit was in the synagogue. Verse 24 says “What do you want with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are: you are the Holy One of God.” This man’s disposition was that he had faith Jesus can drive out the evil spirit. He shouted that Jesus is the Holy One of God. Jesus delivers the man from the influence of the Devil, who strives to destroy those created in the likeness of God.

The woman who had suffered from a severe bleeding for twelve years (Matthew 9: 20-22) had the disposition that if she just touches the edge of Jesus’ cloak she will be healed. And she was cured from that moment onwards.

Jesus knows what is good and what is bad for us. Jesus bestows on us HIS mercy even without asking. In the parable of the paralytic at the pool of Bethzatha, (John 5: 1-13), Jesus had compassion towards this man. Jesus just asked one question “Do you want to be healed?” In today’s intricate world, Jesus is asking the same question to us. Jesus listens to this man’s disposition and says “Stand up, take your mat and walk!”

Whats your attitude while at Church?

This is the attitude we should have while going to Church for mass. Sound disposition – that is faith which can be as tiny as a mustard seed. A mass is well celebrated with the people only if we come to Church with a disposition i.e. a state of readiness to receive Jesus sincerely. Thus the celebration of the Eucharist is “the source and summit of the Christian life” (Second Vatican Council, Lumen Gentium-11).

It is written in the book ‘YOUCAT’ forwarded by Pope Benedict XVI that when we eat the broken Bread, we unite ourselves with the love of Jesus, who gave his body for us on the wood of the Cross; when we drink from the chalice, we unite ourselves with him who even poured out his blood out of love for us. The actual effect of the Eucharist is the transformation of man into God. (St. Thomas Aquinas [1225-1274]).

We should allow Jesus to perform miracles in our life by putting ourselves entirely at HIS disposal and with a right disposition. Sin is an obstacle to receive blessings. But we have hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Our disposition should be that of surrendering our life to Jesus. And prayer should be “Abba Father, Let Me Be Yours.”

- – - written by Merly Simon


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