The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Bit by bite

Meditating on Luther's catechisms shapes our attitudes, our selves

"What does this mean?" The constant refrain of this question in Martin Luther's Small Catechism insists that knowing the catechism's words is not all there is. More can be gained from this little book.

When adolescents — or any of us — memorize the catechism, we are digging a ditch. Knowing the words creates a path for the rushing presence of the Spirit. The real importance of the words is to point us toward God and help us to recognize the gift of grace we have been given.

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