I have, and have enjoyed very much Thomas A. Hardon’s Catholic Catechism. Here is a link to it in case anyone likes to read Amazon reviews like I do: Thomas A. Hardon’s The Catholic Catechism
One reviewer called it:
" Far and away the best Catechism available. If I could give this 6 stars out of 5, I would."
It was recommended highly like that, to me, back when I converted in 2000, and I read it a lot then and have referred to it several times since. But I have not picked it up to read in sometime. Apparently it’s not something I do unless I PUT it in my schedule. I am finding that with other things. I want to make reading the Catechism through to the end, carefully, a priority in my routine.
So I still value Hardon’s Catechism very much, but I just ordered this one, just to be familiar with another version, and also because of everything in this description:
“The authoritative catechism produced by the Council of Trent and published by order of St. Pius V. was originally commissioned during the Reformation period, in order to explain the Faith clearly and calmly in the face of Protestant objections. It still serves as an excellent compendium of the Church’s traditional life and belief.”
Good reasons to pick this! It’s authoritative, it’s from St.Pious V, it’s from the reformation period (and I am a convert from Protestantism). And a bonus it it looks nice:
Things happening in Our Church that I love - connected very much to things that happened and things I was seeing when I converted to Catholic - are troubling. The good for me that has come out of my bad feelings about that is a more ordered devotional life. Also there is confusion these days, which is also troubling to me, so I want to be sure I have the truth in my own head, and besides the Bible, the other good place to get a good grounding in that is the Catholic Catechism. Also we are told we must be always ready to give reason for the hope that is within us.
Here that is; I looked it up. The words of our very own first Pontiff!:
15 But sanctify the Lord Christ in your hearts, being ready always to satisfy every one that asketh you a reason of that hope which is in you. -1 Peter 3:15
I find it is very hard to be ready to give reason for our hope to people if we are not continually refreshing our minds in the truth. And also, our standardly recommended Catholic devotions - Mass, Rosary, Adoration are the efficacious help we need to keep Our Lord in our hearts at all times.