How it frustrates me that every single Catholic catechism I have ever looked at is so insanely boring and textbook-ish, either that or it seems like a great reference until you realize it’s a form of mild Pelagianism intended to be memorized “by heart.” (Mind you, I have no issue with memorizing things. It’s crucial to learning to memorize things. But I don’t want my kids memorizing very subtly wrong things- things just “right” enough to leave them mildly confused for life. On the other side of the coin many catechisms have practically nothing relevant to teach at all besides “God loves you. Be nice.” There has to be a way to teach our kids using materials that will inspire and interest, that even tell a story- but without too many photographs of clear-skinned children gazing at candles with serious expressions on their faces.
I wish I could write a catechism. It would be fun, a labour of love, to try to put the faith into words that I know work for my own kids. It would be great to answer all those questions that they have about the little things that seem to make no sense when they are presented without nuance or real-life analogy and application. There could be sweet pictures. My kids need lots of analogies in order to understand things. They need their faith presented in real language they can understand. I wish I was a writer.