The Youth Catechism of the Catholic Church was published in 2010 and is commonly referred to as the YouCat. There are a multitude of resources for young people in the Church. However, none of them are quite like this book. It was assembled by bishops from all over the world by the order of Pope John Paul II and it’s aim is to bring the richness of the Catholicism to young people. The YouCat doesn’t do this by simplifying the faith and including pop culture references throughout it’s pages. Instead, it trusts young people with the complexity of the faith through excerpts from the Catechism and commentary to encourage questions and discussion.
Reading the YouCat was an empowering experience for me, and I think it will be for other young people too.
“Many young people desire to understand the Catholic Church more but it can be easy to get overwhelmed and intimidated by the theology. The pages of the YouCat are lined with definitions of important terms, wisdom from saints, and scripture references to help along the way. You’ve never heard the term monstrance? You don’t know Latin? No problem. This book won’t make you want to give up and leave the theology to the experts. Instead, it will meet you where you are and help you to explore the faith on your own.
Reading the YouCat was an empowering experience for me, and I think it will be for other young people who read it. Pope Benedict begins the book with a rousing forward. He writes to young readers, “You yourselves are the Body of Christ, the Church! Bring the undiminished fire of your love into this Church whose countenance has so often been disfigured by man.” Pope Benedict reminds us that not only are we as young people members of the Church, but we are also needed by the Church. We have the power to reveal the beauty of the Church in new ways and to new people. Understanding the faith is an important first step in communicating it’s beauty. The YouCat is a gift to us as we strive to complete this mission. Order the YouCat for yourself or for a young person you know today.