Hello. I’ve been reading a little about Catholicism over the past several months, and the more I’ve read the more curious I’ve gotten. I don’t know yet that I want to become a Catholic, but for some reason not entirely clear to myself I don’t like to put the subject aside for long. I’ve been going about my reading in a rather haphazard fashion — buying several books, reading several long passages in a few of them, dipping into the others now and then as fancy strikes me. The books I’ve browsed most intently as yet are Radio Replies, The Penny Catechism, My Daily Bread and Fr. Hardon’s Catholic Dictionary. I also have a copy of the Douay-Rheims Bible with Bishop Challoner’s notes.
I’d like to pursue my studies more carefully, and I think I’ve hit on an effective plan. I should read the New Testament in the Douay-Rheims Bible from beginning to end and at the same time memorize the salient points in The Penny Catechism (I’ve already committed the Apostles’ Creed to memory), all the while with Fr. Hardon’s Dictionary at hand. It also seems good to read Fr. Rumble’s A Brief Life of Christ. If any of you have any suggestions for changing or adding to my self-imposed program, I’ll be happy to hear them. Thanks!
P.S. I hope it’s all right to post this message in this forum. It doesn’t seem to belong in any of the others.
Also, I joined these forums to learn all the more what active Catholics do, say and think.