“Thanks for the Catechism Daddy!” Certainly something not many parents hear. My 7 yr. old daughter recently wrapped up ‘religion’ classes at our local parish. They seem to do a nice job there and the oldest kids (5 & 7) have always show keen interest in understanding their religion more. Not one to waste an opportunity, I decided that we would have home catechism each Sunday to help truly make it the Lord’s Day. So I went online, found, and printed a copy of the Baltimore Catechism. This last Sunday we completed Lesson 1. A sampling:

1. Q. Who made the world?
A. God made the world.

2. Q. Who is God?
A. God is the Creator of heaven and earth, and of all things.

3. Q. What is man?
A. Man is a creature composed of body and soul, and made to the image and likeness of God.

6. Q. Why did God make you?
A. God made me to know Him, to love Him, and to serve Him in this world, and to be happy with Him for ever in heaven.

9. Q. What must we do to save our souls?
A. To save our souls, we must worship God by faith, hope, and charity; that is, we must believe in Him, hope in Him, and love Him with all our heart.

We went through the lesson in about 15 minutes and discussed the various answers to the questions. They absolutely loved it. I have put the printout on the fridge. My daughter kept asking me if we could do more, “Next Sunday, honey”. As I tucked her in that night she gave me a big hug, and said “Thanks for the Catechism Daddy!”
I was away on business this week in California. When I talked to the kids on the phone at bedtime, they wanted to know if we could do more catechism when I got home. You Bet. Who knew parenting could be so simple?