V. WHAT IS THE DESIGN OF THE CATECHISM, AND OF THE DOCTRINE OF THE CHURCH?
The design of the doctrine of the catechism is our comfort
and salvation. Our salvation consists in the enjoyment of the highest good. Our
comfort comprises the assurance and confident expectation of the full and
perfect enjoyment of this highest good, in the life to come, with a beginning
and foretaste of it already, in this life. This highest good is that which makes
all those truly blessed who are in the enjoyment of it, whilst those who have it
not are miserable and wretched. What this only comfort is, to which it is the
design of the catechism to lead us, will be explained in the first question, to
which we now proceed, without making any further introductory remarks.