What does the Catechism Teach Us about Lent?

As we begin the celebration of the liturgical season of Lent, we should ask, “What does the Catechism teach us about Lent?” In this post, we’ll take a look at mentions made of Lent in the Catechism. The first mention of Lent is found in the first part of the Catechism, in paragraph 540, where the Church teaches us of the mysteries of Christ’s life. We read: 538 The Gospels speak of a time of solitude for Jesus in the desert immediately after his baptism by John. Driven by the Spirit into the desert, Jesus remains there for forty days … Continue

What does the Catechism of the Catholic Church teach about War?

With children and friends in the US military, we hear news of possible conflicts deployments. These reports lead to discussions about politics and war, which can be very complicated. Thankfully, as Catholics, we can look to the Church for faithful instruction and guidance. With news of trouble in eastern Europe, what does the Catechism of the Catholic Church[efn_note]Catechism of the Catholic Church, par. 2307-2317[/efn_note] teach us about war? 2307 The fifth commandment forbids the intentional destruction of human life. Because of the evils and injustices that accompany all war, the Church insistently urges everyone to prayer and to action so … Continue