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Memorize the Faith
"They laughed when I said I could name all 27 books of the New Testament . . . but after I named them all in order, plus the 46 books of the Old Testament, they begged me to show them how I did it.”
Yes, I know that memorizing the Faith is no substitute for living a holy life, but even devout people can’t live by truths and precepts they don’t remember.
That’s why, over 700 years ago, St. Thomas Aquinas perfected an easy method for his students to memorize most any information, but especially the truths taught by Christ and His Church.
As the years passed, our need for this ancient art of memorization grew, yet somehow our culture largely forgot it . . . which is why today, when you and I try to remember a list of things, we have to repeat their names over and over. Or, to remember to call the dentist, we tie a string on our finger. And we clutch at any means whatsoever to recall our passwords for ATMs, credit cards, and voicemail, our login names for Yahoo, eBay, and Amazon, and the host of other names and numbers that clog our minds and clutter our days.
Now, thanks to the delightful pages of Memorize the Faith!, you can easily keep all these in mind — and learn the Faith! — by tapping into the power of the classical memory system that helped St. Thomas become the Church’s preeminent theologian, and made it easier for him to become one of its greatest saints.
Here, Catholic scholar Kevin Vost makes available again Aquinas’s easy-to-learn method — the method Dr. Vost himself has used for decades to recall names, dates, phone numbers, the first dozen digits of pi (3.141592653589) and even whether, when his wife called him at work today, she asked him to bring home ice cream and toffee . . . or was it truffles and coffee?
Indeed, Dr. Vost will teach you to remember virtually anything, but he devotes most of his book to showing you how to improve your memory of Catholic truths so you can live the Faith better.
By the time you finish this book, you will have memorized dozens of key teachings of the Church, along with hundreds of precepts, traditions, theological terms, Scripture verses, and other elements of the Faith that every good Catholic needs to know by heart.
Memory is the foundation of wisdom. It makes holiness easier. To grow wiser in the Faith . . . and holier . . . turn to Memorize the Faith! today.
Memorize the Faith! will teach you and your children how to remember anything, but it’s particularly useful to those involved in religious education: catechists and converts, CCD teachers, RCIA members, and homeschoolers of all ages.
Here, Dr. Vost and St. Thomas Aquinas show you easy ways to memorize the following truths and precepts of our Faith, plus many more:
And anything else you want to remember, from the 14 items on your grocery list to the birthdays of your 7 nephews and nieces!
Don't look like a fool next time someone asks you to name the Ten Commandments!
Catholics are often accused (justly!) of not memorizing anything other than the Our Father and the Hail Mary. We stumble over the Ten Commandments and can't even list the the Five Precepts of the Church; the minimum requirements for being Catholic! This may be the result of a backlash against the heavy memorization that was part of the Baltimore Catechism, but it puts us at an acute disadvantage when we are trying to justify our beliefs. Name the Holy Days of Obligation? There's not an app for that... yet.
What Kevin Vost does to alleviate this serious deficiency is to provide us with a fresh take on a very old memorization system that was originally created by St. Thomas Aquinas. He gives us an imaginary house full of rooms. Each room has a certain number of locations and in each location some activity is happening that will remind us of the data we're trying to remember.
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Memorization made easy!
Resources for Theology of the Body 11/13/2008