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Reverb Culture is a community of young adults creating a culture of wild living by engaging the faith, each other, and the world through the Catechism of the Catholic Church.


Immediately after the first speech of Pope St. Peter in 33 A.D. at the time of Pentecost, 3,000 Jews covert to Christianity. What they did next has been carried on for 2,000 years:

"They devoted themselves to the teaching of the Apostles, to the breaking of bread, to the communal life, and to prayer" Acts 2:42

In 1985, 20 years after the close of Vatican II, Pope John Paul II called an Extraordinary Synod of Bishops from all over the world. As a result of this meeting and the overall agreement of the Bishops, in 1986 Pope John Paul II commissioned a committee of Bishops and Cardinals - including then Cardinal Josef Ratzinger and Cardinal Christoph Schonborn - to oversee the drafting of a Catechism that would be the first of its kind since the Roman Catechism of 1566.

Pope John Paul II

Pope John Paul II

Cardinal Josef Ratzinger

Cardinal Josef Ratzinger

Cardinal Christoph Schonborn

Cardinal Christoph Schonborn


On October 11, 1992, the 30th anniversary of Vatican II, the Catholic Church gave to its people and the world the Catechism of the Catholic Church. This Catechism is a definitive statement of all the Catholic Church believes, all that has been echoed down to us since the first Apostles. It is divided into those same pillars: the teaching of the apostles (Creed), the breaking of the bread (Sacraments), the communal life (Morality), and prayer.

Reverb Culture is an attempt to create a culture of living from the Catechism, from the foundations and depths of the Faith given to us by the Church. We believe that now more than ever we need to turn back to the wisdom of the Church, sitting at Her feet, and learning to apply the fundamental doctrines of the Faith to our everyday lives.

 


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“On the one hand, the Catechism appeals to the ‘interior teacher’ present in every man…On the other hand, the Catechism needs the exterior teacher, the catechist, as well as the companionship of the communion of disciples.” Cardinal Ratzinger

Reverb Culture is not another online resource. We are taking up Cardinal Ratzinger's call to see the Catechism of the Catholic Church in the context of the Interior Teacher, the Exterior Teacher, and the Communion of Disciples. Because of this, we created a space where hopefully all three can exist: the teaching of the Holy Spirit, engaging the world and each other with the Catechism, through the help of external teachers, and a community of people committed to figuring out how best engage ourselves, each other, and the world through the gift of the Catechism of the Catholic Church.

We are striving to build a culture of wild living by reverberating the faith in our lives the same way it has been ever since the 3,000 at Pentecost devoted themselves to the four pillars of the Catholic Faith.

We hope to create a spirit of "new ardor" called for by Pope John Paul II in reference to the New Evangelization and seen in the first Apostles. Pope John Paul II addressed the Episcopal Conferences of Latin America on 9th March 1983 in Haiti saying "Look to the future with commitment to a New Evangelization, one that is new in its ardor, new in its methods, and new in its expression". 

We hope to build a spirit of "wild" (Catholic) living in the sense that it has the passion, fervor, zeal, fire, and enthusiasm for living that the first Apostles had, and which comes with having a heart, mind, and will soaked by faith in Jesus Christ, a faith passed on to us through the Church and handed down to us as the Deposit of Faith. In this way, we hope to re-transform the letter of doctrine into a living voice, to reverberate in our lives and the lives of those around us.

"In short, we need to discover the Catechism's pulsating heart. And what is this heart? It is not a dogma or a truth, a doctrine or an ethical principle. It is a Person: Jesus Christ! "  - Fr. Raniero Cantalamessa