So, after I posted my blog entry with the link to “Letter to my Christian friends“, I got a private message from a dear friend who is Protestant. She challenged me with several entries from the Baltimore Catechism that had been taught to her former Catholic family members with which she had an issue.
I would love the opportunity to address these on my blog, and am thrilled at the answered prayer in this challenge. First off, I miss RCIA, and the learning about the Catholic faith in an organized, orderly fashion…I was wanting to go back and review some of this anyway, so that is the first answered prayer…even though I hadn’t thought to ask God about it, it was a desire in my heart….Secondly, I had hit a brick wall in my blogging. I am not in a place where much is happening to report, and I was having trouble finding inspiration. I prayed and asked God where He wanted to take this blog, and within a couple weeks, I got my answer. So…I’ll address her concerns first, in the order that she gave them to me, and with her specific questions about them. From looking at the format of the questions, I have a feeling I’ll continue on after with more of the Baltimore Catechism, because of its simple format.
The funny part of all of this, is I didn’t know what the Baltimore Catechism even was, lol. After talking to a dear Catholic friend and reading up a bit, I have come to understand that it is a simplified version of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, for the purpose of instructing children. I’m guessing that the answers to the questions are expounded on in the big green book, which I will do for the purpose of clarifying the Church’s teaching on a matter, does that sound fair?
I’ll try to post one blog post per week on the Baltimore Catechism. You’ll still see my other regular/irregular posts about family, recipes, and etc., but this will be an attempt to have regular content here. I do hope you’ll join me.
BTW, The Baltimore Catechism is online, as is the Catechism of the Catholic Church, just in case you are interested and don’t have the books handy to reference yourself. Also, this is a site that explains the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, or RCIA.