8. Why Should I Sit at a Table and Follow along as You Read?

If one only listens while in the car, he is concentrating on driving safely; hence the program serves merely as background.  Thus the complaint will be that the Catechism is too abstract.  (which reminds me of the proverb, "When all else fails, follow the instructions".)  When you sit at a table reading along, concentrating your entire attention on the Catechism, it will amaze you how much you DO understand. 


Before I took off for college in 1963 someone gave me a pamphlet, "How to Study",  culled from the writings of St. Thomas Aquinas.  Two points have stuck with me:


First. Learning isn't forcing myself to read; it's concentrating on only this ONE thing, to the bracketing-out of wanting to know everything.  to illustrate:  when you were in school you had to write a paper on some subject, say butterflies.  You consulted the card catalog and came up with a number, e.g., 902.4.  As you looked for that number in the stacks, you saw a title that captured your interest.  You pulled it out, thumbed thru it, found it really interesting, maybe sat on the floor skimming it.  It had nothing to do with your quest.  Then you put it back and went looking for 902.4 again.  You came across another book that had nothing to do with your quest - and went thru that same process.  This is because we want to know EVERYTHING.


Second. From St. Thomas:  The more of the five senses you engage in learning, - the more you will engrain it into your memory.  So by following along you are using your hearing and seeing.

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