I have just GOT to get me a bundle of these. One each for the kids, a couple for me (one at the office, one at home) and a whole bunch for give-aways.
Yes, it’s the new YouCat, or the Catholic Cathechism for young people, and I’m hooked!
Ignatius Press is offering them for a really great price, but I am a bit confused by their advertising. Their online catalogue entry tells us that
To purchase English language YOUCAT copies in the following countries, please contact:
United Kingdom/Ireland: The Catholic Truth Society
Africa: Paulines Publications
Australia: Freedom Publishing
Asia: Asia Trading Corporation
Well, I went to Freedom Publishing’s website and searched for “YouCat” and came up with nothing. Zilch. Diddleysquat. I have emailed Ignatius to ask them if there is any reason I can’t order my half dozen copies from them. I will let you know what I hear.
For the moment, check out these quotations from the preview pages:
5 Why do people deny that God exists, if they can know him by reason?
To know the invisible God is a great challenge for the human mind. Many are scared off by it. Another reason why some do not want to know God is because they would then have to change their life. Anyone who says that the question about God is meaningless because it cannot be answered is making things too easy for himself.
“So it happens that men in such matters easily persuade themselves that what they would not like to be true is false or at least doubtful.” Pope Pius XII encyclical, Humani generis
Both references effectively answer Catherine’s comment on the previous post about “docility” to the Church’s doctrine. In a comment to that post, she wrote:
“I have some familiarity with the Church’s teaching on contraception and although I can see some merit in it, I certainly would not adhere to the Church’s teaching if I was sexually active as I do not consider it is practical for many people… The Church’s teaching on contraception may be a nice ideal for those who feel they can adhere to it to follow.”
Or, in reference to my even earlier post regarding the apophatic method in theology, how about this:
6 Can we grasp God at all in concepts? Is it possible to speak about him meaningfully?
Although we men are limited and the infinite greatness of God never fits into finite human concepts, we can nevertheless speak rightly about God.
In order to express something about god, we use imperfect images and limited notions. And so everything we say about god is subject to the reservation that our language is not equal to God’s greatness. Therefore we must constantly purify and improve our speech about God.
“We cannot talk about God, but woe to the one who remains silent about him.” St Augustine
(354–430, Doctor of the Church, the most important writer and theologian of the early Church)
“All that is said about God presupposes something said by God.” St Edith Stein (1891–1942, Jewish Christian, philosopher, and Carmelite nun, concentration camp victim)
From this brief glimpse, I can see that this book will be a valuable teaching tool, in families, in schools, in youth groups – in fact, for anyone and everywhere!