I was going to read the catechism in 1996, but then a friend of mine -- a big theology buff -- said, "I'm never going to read the catechism cover to cover." "Oh," I thought to myself, "maybe it's a bad idea." It is actually a really excellent idea. Who knew?
My pastor reads a chunk of the catechism every morning, and this is an excerpt from an email I wrote to him in April:
When I first heard you mention that you read the catechism daily, I thought to myself, "Blech! Sounds about as pleasant as reading the phone book every morning!" We've had a catechism on our shelf since it was published early in our marriage, but I've only used it for addressing occasional queries. It didn't strike me as a joyous read at all.