So there I was, listening to the news, wrapping myself around all of this hatred against Catholics and Christians and not understanding any of it, when I noticed the kitchen faucet was leaking. Ah-ha–a diversion. I go into the garage to get my Allen wrenches (they are those little hex-headed thingies) so I can remove the faucet handle. As I reach up to get them from the shelf I trip over a large plastic tub and the lid pops off. I look down and what is on top of everything? Why it is two copies of the old Baltimore Cathechism. One is the “New St. Joseph First Communion Catechism from 1963 and the other is the “New St. Joseph Baltimore Catechism” from 1964. Don’t ever try to tell me God doesn’t have a sense of humor. I started to laugh and I just know that God had nudged my Guardian Angel who in turn caused me to trip over that plastic tub. (Faith is a beautiful thing, isn’t it?)
To the point: I began to flip through the old Catechisms and I quickly marveled at the simplicity they held within their pages. Who made you? God made me.—-Did God make all things? Yes, God made all things. Of course there is the question most of us older folks remember well: What must you do to be happy with God in heaven? Answer: To be happy with God in heaven I must know him, love Him, and serve Him in this world.
The last sentence above sums up everything. However, guided by the empowered forces of evil prowling about the world seeking the ruin of souls, many (especially those in the universities teaching our kids) have decided God is a non-entity. God does not exist for some. Even the President asked for God’s blessings on Planned Parenthood. They perform over three hundred thousand abortions a year and our representative in the White House tells them, “God bless you”. Whatever are these people thinking. It is obvious that we are encapsulated in a relatavistic world where self-gratification rules. And if you stand for God and wish to defend Him and His natural laws you will be ridiculed, mocked and defiled.
The Baltimore Catechism is so simple to understand. I had forgotten about the beauty and the purity of it. It may even possess an innocence and certain naivete. I tell you this. Children need it. It establishes a foundation. These youngsters will be facing a world that will try to destroy their religious beliefs. This could be a world that will make it illegal to profess your faith…a world that most of us are just starting to get a glimpse of. A high-school teacher was arrested just the other day for showing a bible in her classroom. Can you imagine 20 years from now.