Now, I have not worked with the Catechism. Years ago, my middle child’s godmother reprimanded me for not owning the book. I still don’t. I might just need to go down and get a copy. There are probably a hundred excuses why I haven’t procured a copy, but my biggest reason is the Bible will reaffirm everything I need to know. “I don’t need to know what a bunch of old men declared thousands of years ago.” Really this is a stupid attitude when I love to do research and love the writings of Saint Francis of Assisi and Saint Francis of de Sales. Well, we read one little section (one of the ladies brought her copy) and it threw me for a loop and I said some stupid stuff.
“1694 Incorporated into Christ by Baptism, Christians are "dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus" and so participate in the life of the Risen Lord.8 Following Christ and united with him,9 Christians can strive to be "imitators of God as beloved children, and walk in love"10 by conforming their thoughts, words and actions to the "mind . . . which is yours in Christ Jesus,"11 and by following his example.12 “ Catechism
9 Cf. Jn 15:5.
10 Eph 5:1-2.
11 Phil 2:5.
12 Cf. Jn 13:12-16.