Friday, October 19, 2012
THERE IS SOMETHING MISSING IN OUR MODERN CATECHISMS, INSTILLING THE HORROW OF SEPARATION FROM GOD AND SHOWING THAT JESUS' SACRIFICE IS MORE PLEASING TO GOD AND OUR SINS ARE DISPLEASING TO HIM
Last night our taught our RCIA chapter 8 of the USCCB's Catechism which is "The Saving Death and Resurrection of Christ."
I compared that chapter to the Baltimore Catechism, #2 and what precedes its chapter, which coincidentally is also Lesson 8 but titled, "The Redemption." We give our inquirers both catechisms.
What the Baltimore Catechism does which the USCCB's doesn't do is to give a very good catechesis on Original Sin and actual sin and how our sins closed the gates of heaven to us, gates that only the true God, Jesus, the Second Person of the Blessed Trinity, incarnate, True God and True Man, One Divine Being with two natures, human and divine can accomplish for us.
The Baltimore Catechism also instills in its readers a tremendous fear of losing heaven through our person, actual sins, of having the gates of heaven closed to us through the loss of sanctifying grace in the soul which our sins create especially if we are unrepentant.
The Baltimore Catechism made wonderful points about the necessity of both Baptism and The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass as participation in the "satisfaction" that Jesus' paschal mystery brings about in those who unite their sufferings and life to Jesus, crucified and risen.
The USSCB Catechism was weak in all these areas and gives no real rationale for real reason for "The Saving Death and Resurrection of Christ."
Why did Jesus have to undergo the Paschal Mystery? Precisely to save us from eternal damnation in the bowels of hell! If we don't realize what our sins do to us and to our Savior we can never fully appreciate the saving death and resurrection of Christ, His Redemption--it all becomes so rather superficial in modern presentations of this awesome act and our need for it.