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FROM THE EDITOR | Lifelong faith formation isn’t just for the classroom

We have a mantra around the newsroom:

A well-formed Catholic is a well-informed Catholic.

It’s perhaps a catchy way of summarizing our call to catechesis. That’s a bit of an academic word, and it’s easy to think of catechesis as the formal religious education related to the sacraments.

Parents take baptism classes.

Children have religion classes.

Engaged couples take marriage preparation.

Priesthood candidates have studies at the seminary.

But catechesis is much more than that. It’s an “education in the faith of children, young people, and adults which includes especially the teaching of Christian doctrine imparted … in an organic and systematic way…,” wrote St. John Paul II in his 1979 apostolic exhortation “Chatechesi Trandendae.”

JPII wrote that catechesis is “a sacred duty and an inalienable right” of the Church, and that we all share the responsibility of education one another in the faith, particularly within our roles as clergy, religious, teachers, parents and peers.

This formation needn’t be particularly academic. While there is certainly a place for such formality, our personal study and witness of faith could be the most enriching. We should always be on a joyous journey of discovery.

This life of formation is a primary reason we produce this magazine; our weekly newspaper, the St. Louis Review; and share stories and ideas on digital platforms. We strive to provide inspiring sources ideas and news that witness God’s Word and help readers develop a strong relationship with Jesus Christ.

We hope to help you be a well-formed, well-informed Catholic.

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