Easter break brought some quiet time for some reading…
I got myself an early copy of Youcat, the Catechism of the Catholic Church aimed at the young. "It is a gift from the Holy Father to the young participants in World Youth Day,” stated Cardinal Stanislaw Rylko, president of the Pontifical Council for the Laity. "It is not enough to make young people ‘dream’; it is necessary also to help them grow well-rooted in the rich earth of Christian tradition. … A real education in the faith of the young, therefore, must begin by freely proposing Christ to them. He is the solid rock upon which they may build their lives!"
It is a classic numbered question-and-answer catechism with many well placed quotes,
definitions, pictures, and artwork on the margins. I like it and will be offering many of Friday’s upcoming “quotable” from it.
I’m also reading From Maintenance to Mission, It’s a pretty good read regarding evangelization and parish life. I’m reading it in advance of further conversations on a wide variety of different levels.
Finally, I first saw Bob Rice read clips of his book, Between the Savior and the Sea, while he lead a youth ministers’ retreat day. I’ve been reading his book in the same manner – - catching clips here and there… I’m sure I’m missing some intentional character development in the relationships between the apostles, but I kid of like the sporadic reading of it. Bob is a great storyteller, both as a speaker and via the written word. The book is a blessing.