Youcat, short for Youth Catechism of the Catholic Church, was launched on World Youth Day in 2011. Developed with the help of young Catholics and written for high-school-age people and young adults, Youcat is an accessible, contemporary expression of the Catholic faith. The appealing graphic format includes questions and answers, highly readable commentary, summary definitions of key terms, Bible citations, and inspiring and thought-provoking quotes from saints and others. Youcat is keyed to the Catechism of the Catholic Church, so you can go deeper.
The questions included are direct and honest, even tough at times; the answers are straightforward, relevant, and compelling. Youcat will likely become the “go-to” place for young people to learn the truth about the Catholic faith.
In the Logos edition of Youcat, you get easy access to Scripture texts and to a wealth of other resources in your digital library. Hovering over Scripture references links you instantly to the verse you’re looking for, and with Passage Guides, Word Studies, and a wealth of other tools from Logos, you can delve into the Faith like never before!
“A person is not completely himself until he has found God. ‘Anyone who seeks truth seeks God, whether or not he realizes it’ (St. Edith Stein).” (Page 15)
“The order, the beauty, and the development of the world point beyond themselves toward God. Every man is receptive to what is true, good, and beautiful. He hears within himself the voice of conscience, which urges him to what is good and warns him against what is evil. Anyone who follows this path reasonably finds God.” (Pages 15–16)
“Mother Teresa used a good comparison: ‘Often you can see power lines running alongside the street. Unless current is flowing through them, there is no light. The power line is you and I! The current is God! We have the power to allow the current to flow through us and thus to generate the light of the world: jesus—or to refuse to be used and, thus, allow the darkness to spread.” (Pages 18–19)
“Praying does not mean listening to yourself speak; praying means calming down and being still and waiting until you hear God.” (Page 259)
Youcat combines sound catechesis and faith formation, based on the Catechism of the Catholic Church, with a youthful, dynamic, and graphically appealing presentation. I hope that this book and related resources will become tools to assist you and your pastoral collaborators in promoting the New Evangelization and a deepened catechesis among young people.
—Archbishop José Gómez, Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles
I will admit to a certain skepticism when the Youth Catechism of the Catholic Church was announced, but my dubieties have given way to enthusiasm. The Q&A of a classic catechism is complemented here by deftly chosen, brief selections from Scripture, the Fathers of the Church, great saints, and noble human spirits of many cultures. Good for the ‘young’ from, say, 18 to 85 or so.
—George Weigel, distinguished senior fellow, Ethics and Public Policy Center
Compiled in an easy-to-use, intuitive format yet unashamedly bold in its proclamation of truth, the new Youcat is a must-have for young and old alike. There has never been a catechism quite like this one. It is perfect for anyone seeking to understand and explain the richness of our Catholic faith to today’s modern culture!
—Jimmy Mitchell, president, Mysterium Records