.- Archbishop Hector Aguer of La Plata in Argentina called on the faithful this week not to be content with the teachings they receive in the Sunday homily but to look to the Catechism as well for their formation in the faith and to discover the reasons for their Christian hope.
âThe Apostle St. Peter, in his First Letter, told the Christians of that time that they must be prepared to give a reason for their hope, for the hope who is Christ, his teaching and his redemption. The exhortation is also valid for us. We must be prepared to give a reason for the Truth. This reason implies knowledge,â the archbishop said during his weekly radio program âKeys to a Better World.â
The archbishop said Sunday homilies, when they are adequately prepared by the priest, convey to the faithful the fundamental contents of Christianity. Nevertheless, even in the best of cases, âthere is still something that must be completed later and in a personal way by each Christian.â
âWe cannot be content simply with what we receive in the Sunday homily,â he said.
In this sense, he pointed to the Catechism of the Catholic Church as âa splendid instrument for our instruction in the truths of the faith,â since in this document âwe find a synthesis of what the Church transmits in the name of Christ.â It not only educates us in the sacraments, prayer, the liturgy and the commandments but also âin particular issues of utmost relevance for today,â he added.
Archbishop Aguer said the Catechism should be present in every home, âtogether with the Sacred Scriptures,â as a help in dealing with the day-to-day issues of oneâs life, in responding to doubts posed by our children and friends, or when we have a doubt concerning some objection we have heard.â
âWhen we say that each Christian should be a disciple and missionary of Jesus Christ, we are charged in some way with this responsibility. We are the bearers of this truth that we need to put [it] at the disposal and consideration of all those who come into contact with us,â the archbishop said.