Anecdotes and Examples Illustrating the Catholic Catechism
The book Anecdotes and Examples Explaining the Catholic Catechism is tailored to go with the Baltimore Catechism. For many of the questions it has one or more stories to illustrate the point. The first story is quite good: “The world did not come into existence spontaneously. The celebrated astronomer Athanasius Kirchner had a friend who did not believe in the existence of God, and frequently asserted that the orbs of heaven were self-existent. One day, when this friend visited the astronomer, he noticed in one corner of the room a globe which displayed the hand of a skillful workman. "Who made that globe?" he inquired. "No one made it," Kirchner answered, "it is self-made." And when his friend seemed angry at this answer being given him, he added: "If the immense orbs of heaven are self-existent, why not this insignificant little globe?" The unbeliever looked thoughtful, and presently acknowledged that he now saw that his principles were false.” Let us consider also the fish out of water: “Without the knowledge of God the heart has no true peace. A certaiu fisherman one day caught it great number of fish. As he was a good sort of man, he picked out the largest fish to take as a present to his parish priest.