I like God alot, now that I’ve gotten to know Him. Catechism stood in the way for a while, but God found a way around that.
Catechism was Catholic School Text Messaging when I was in parochial school during the 1960s: Literal, revealing little, BUT packing king-size impact in scant wordage.
Here’s a sample from our Baltimore Catechism; which, in grammar school, I thought might pinpoint where God lived:
Question: Why did God make us?
Answer: God made us to know, love, and serve Him in this world and be happy with Him in the next.
What I derived from this was 3 things that really stuck:
1. Happy NOW wasn’t important. Happy LATER was the plan.
2. God demanded. We did the knowing, loving, serving part.
3. Whoever figured out why God made us was very smart, since I couldn’t figure it out by myself.
God orchestrated subsequent experiences for me that clearly implied these things weren’t quite right and I am very pleased about that.