PROCLAIM Publications came into being to meet a need: to provide brief, easy-to-understand booklets and cards with Catholic teaching that affects our everyday lives. We want to open up to people, in user-friendly way, sacred Scripture, the Catechism of the Catholic Church, documents from the Second Vatican Council, as well as the teachings of our Popes, so that all the baptized can discover the fantastic fund of truths which the Holy Mother Church offers her children for their wellbeing.
These truths all centre on Truth himself, Jesus Christ: “I am the way and the Truth and the Life.” (Jn 14:6). Jesus is not an “opinion” but the very word of God, “in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.” (Col 2:3) Jesus is God, but he is also truly man:
“The Son of God…worked with human hands;he thought with a human mind. He acted with human will, and with a human heart he loved.” (Catechism 470)
It is this Person of Jesus we are meant to know…not just know about…and the intention of Proclaim Publications is to introduce people to him.
Our ‘Catechism cards’ (greeting cards with quotes from the Catechism of the Catholic Church) were created to expose people to some of the enlightening gems found there. Many Catholics are intimidated by the Catechism of the Catholic Church because it appears to be merely a large and complicated reference book. But it is much more that that! It isn’t necessary to to read every bit from front to back…..in fact, it would be better to browse through the index of subjects at the end until you come across something that is pertinent to you.For example: forgiveness – which is something that people often find difficult. Lets read what Holy Mother Church teaches us about forgiveness in the Catechism.
In the section on the ‘Our Father’ – the prayer Jesus taught us – under the headings ‘Forgive us our tresspasses, as we forgive those who tresspass against us’, we learn that our Father God will not forgive us if we do not forgive others. Yet the Catechism says:
“This crucial requirement (forgiveness)…is impossible for man.” (2841) “It is not in our power not to feel, or to forget, an offence.” (2843)
What a statement! Holy Mother Church is in touch with reality! This is true knowledge of the human condition. People do find it impossible to forgive, and when we are offended we feel it deeply, and cannot forget what happened. But as we just read, Jesus told us we will not be forgiven by God our Father unless we forgive others. How can this dilemma be resolved? The Catechism gives us the answer in paragraphs 2840-2843, and the explanation sets us free, just as Jesus promised: “If you remain in my word, you will truly be my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” (Jn 8:31-32)