A Photo of my Catechism Crammed Full of Bookmarks

I’ve been reading the catechism as part of the Year of Faith. Of course, I’ve also been reading the catechism since it was released in English when I was working at a Catholic bookstore…when I was still a Buddhist! :O Seriously, I love this little book. I take it with me everywhere. It’s either in my car or in my bag or in my hands. And when I’m working on something else, I often cast longing looks at it until I can get back to studying it. The photo below shows my much-used and much-loved paperback copy after (yes, after) I cleaned out a bunch of old bookmarks to make room for new ones during this new year of study.

My paperback copy of the catechism
And this is after I cleaned out a bunch of old bookmarks

Note, October 31, 2020: Since the Year of Faith ended years ago most of the links I had at the end of this post are no longer active, so I deleted the entire paragraph. See the Resources section for up-to-date materials. And I’m planning a re-vamp of that whole section, too. In the planning and gathering information stage now.

An underground ditty for a time that was none too pretty

Looking through various posts on the web about the season of Advent, I stumbled across  the story of the well-known Twelve Days of Christmas, which, as it turns out, is not the simple song I took it to be. Composed as a “catechism song”, the Twelve Days of Christmas taught young Catholics their faith at a time when merely to be Catholic was a crime punishable by being drawn and quartered. Being Catholic was against the law in England “from 1558 to 1829, when Parliament finally emancipated Catholics” there. The practice of Catholicism was illegal there, whether public or private.

Twelve Days of Christmas, an underground Catholic catechism song

I thank God daily that I live in a country where I can openly practice my beautiful Catholic faith.

At least, for now.

40 Days for Life is now in progress

I actually remembered to fast and pray yesterday, the first day of 40 Days for Life, Fall 2009. (And today, too!) We were reminded about it at Mass this past Sunday and I went to the website Monday and downloaded the PDF’s of the daily devotionals, just so I’d have them if I couldn’t get online for some reason. Continue reading “40 Days for Life is now in progress”