Rev. Francis Spirago, professor of theology and author of Anecdotes and Examples, states in his introduction: "In the present day, examples are more necessary than ever, because almost all the catechisms and manuals of religion now in use are written in a dry, concise style, with no other aim apparently than that of intellectual improvement." Indeed, Fr. Spirago points out that the use of examples is in accordance with Our Lord's method of teaching. He taught by parables. The author weaves over 650 short examples and anecdotes throughout the 36 compact lessons that are drawn from the four traditional areas of catechesis: "¢ creed "¢ sacraments "¢ commandments "¢ prayer
# But Fr. Spirago was not content with just any examples. His are carefully selected. Some are taken right out of Sacred Scripture: Prodigal Son
# Pharisee and the Publican
Others from well known literary tales:
# "Androcles and the Lion"
# "Hercules at the Crossroads"
By Rev. Francis Spirago