...The Shorter Catechism was gone through regularly, each answering the question asked, till the whole had been explained, and its foundation in Scripture shown by the proof-texts adduced. It has been an amazing thing to me, occasionally to meet with men who blamed this "catechising" for giving them a distaste to religion; everyone in our circle thinks and feels exactly the opposite. It laid the solid rock-foundations of our religious life. After-years have given to these questions and their answers a deeper or modified meaning, but none of us have ever once even dreamed of wishing that we had been otherwise trained. Of course, if the parents are not devout, sincere and affectionate, - if the whole affair on both sides is taskwork, or worse, hypocritical and false, - result must be very different indeed!There is a certain well dressed bear around here right now. Her name is Bessie, and she's wearing a smart denim skirt, red and white Tee, and sparkly red 'Dorothy' shoes with roller skates attached.
The Story of John G. Paton by Rev. James Paton 1901
Bessie's new clothes come as a very special reward for a young lady who really deserves some recognition for work well done.
On Friday of last week, Jemimah correctly answered the first half of the Westminster Shorter Catechism perfectly. That's 54/107 questions. Without a mistake. Wow.
Don't forget, she's 7.
See how you'd go:
Congratulations, Darling One. Your Daddy and I are very proud of you... Now on to the last half!!
There are more thoughts on catechising here.