27 February 2008

The Baltimore Catechism

Yay! I received in the mail a couple days ago the Baltimore Catechism. Not only is it a solid way of teaching the Faith, it's also good for a comprehensive review of Catholic doctrine. I am starting to find out, though, that it's also good for quite a few laughs. After the question/answers of each section, there are Study Helps in the form of questions with examples from life. Here are a few:

Alice and Zita are in an ice cream parlor and are about to order some refreshments. Show how they may exercise their free wills in the enjoyment of the treat.

Stanislaus is showing the parish church to his Protestant friend Schuyler. Schuyler wants to know about the statue representing a lady standing on the world, with a half moon beneath her feet; she is crushing the head of a serpent. Explain who the lady is and why she is thus represented.

Marius always carries with him a small pocket crucifix. Do you approve this practice? Why?

Scholastica has the habit of repeating frequently during the day: "All for Thee, O Lord!" Once, Chole, a non-Catholic playmate, overheard her whisper this aspiration before a game of tennis. Explain to Chloe what this prayer means, and why Scholastica says it frequently.

Jasper is an infidel; Launcelot, an apostate; Algernon, a heretic. What has each done to incur such a title?

Anna has a tiny bone relic of the Little Flower of Jesus; Winifred has a piece of her Carmelite habit; Vivian, a small square of linen that was touched to one of the Saint's prayer books. Classify each relic.

How about that!?


Blogger Anthony said...

The names are so outlandish and hilarious that I forget that there're catechetical questions!

I really like the format, though, I think it is very helpful and should be used more often.

All the same, it was a good time talking about Scholastica and Algernon the other night...

February 27, 2008 8:28 PM  

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