Have you ever thought about exploring The Catechism of the Catholic Church? More to the point, perhaps you’ve wondered if it’s something you should tackle?

Sometimes people have the wrong ideas about the Catechism. Thinking it’s a thick, boring, and difficult to understand theology manual, it’s deemed to be of little use to the average Christian. Others imagine it isn’t relevant to their life. Others think it’s too confusing. Still others view it as a list of “churchy rules.” Well … those kinds of ideas are all wrong.

It’s difficult to exaggerate not only the importance of exploring the Catechism as a method of learning the belief of the Church, but also as a way of giving meaning and direction to your life. Once you get started on that journey—which is also a scriptural journey—you’ll find there’s a wealth of unexpected fruits and benefits to be had.

If you’re like most people, you’ve asked yourself these questions: “What does my life really mean?” “What’s God’s plan for me?” “What’s my purpose?” The Lord Jesus Christ knows those questions are buried deep within every human heart. Each of them expresses a human desire to know the truth and belong to it.

When our Lord stood before the Roman Governor Pilate, he spoke these profound words just prior to his crucifixion: “For this I was born, and for this I have come into the world, to bear witness to the truth. Every one who is of the truth hears my voice.” (John 18:37).

Although it might surprise you, one way you hear Christ’s voice is by exploring the Catechism. "How is that possible," you ask. Because the teaching of the Spirit-guided Church transmits the Word of God. And the Catechism contains that teaching.

Why were you born? What’s God’s plan for your life? What’s your destiny, or do you even have one? These perennial human questions are immensely important. Without the answers, your life will remain forever directionless, unfocused, and uncertain.

That is why the very first paragraph of the Catechism addresses them.

Explore The Catechism of The Catholic Church with us here at Catholic Online School. Along the way, you’ll be guided at every step by excellent Catholic educators and theologians. Let’s embark on what is truly an amazing journey together.

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Professor of Theology, Department Chair

Deacon Frederick Bartels

Deacon Frederick Bartels is a member of the Catholic clergy who serves the Church in the diocese of Pueblo, CO. He received an MA in Theology and Educational Ministry from Catholic Distance University, where he is currently employed as an adjunct professor of theology. He is founder and editor of Joy In Truth (joyintruth.com), an online magazine dedicated to the New Evangelization. As a Catholic educator, public speaker and evangelist, Deacon Bartels strives to infuse culture with the saving principles of the gospel. He lives in Colorado with his wife, Shelly, and the youngest two of their six children. Professor Bartels is Chairman of the Theology Department.