Catechesis aims therefore at developing understanding of the mystery of Christ in the light of God’s word, so that the whole of a person's humanity is impregnated by that word.
- Catechesi Tradendae
While we certainly wouldn't discourage it, Catholics don't need to enroll in a course or attend seminars, in order to learn more about the beautiful foundations of their faith. Just turn to the The Catechism of the Catholic Church. It may look daunting at first (the numbers go into the thousands, but remember, that's paragraphs, not pages!) but once you know how to utilize it, this resource is a tremendous tool of personal spiritual growth and evangelization. There's really only one goal of the Catechism: to bring “people …in communion… with Jesus Christ” because “only he can lead us to the love of the Father in the Spirit and make us share in the life of the Holy Trinity” (CCC 426) Basically, it's an invitation to fall deeper in love with Jesus Christ.
The Catechism is organized according to the four pillars of the faith:
(looking for more? The USCCB has put together an extensive Catechism FAQ, which you can find HERE)
Ready for a fun challenge? Try reading the Catechism in a year. Get to know the pillars of your faith. Here are a few options for reading the Catechism, day by day:
And if you're wondering, the very last words of the Catechism are:
By the final "Amen," we express our "fiat" concerning the seven petitions: "So be it".
....reading and praying through the Catechism is like speaking one long "Amen!" - yes, Lord, we believe You and we love You!