In honor of Katie Luther’s birthday on January 29th, we’ve posted below an excerpt from The Mother of the Reformation: The Amazing Life and Story of Katharine Luther, written by Ernst Kroker and translated by Mark DeGarmeaux.
Katie’s Christian Faith
When Katie taught her oldest son, little Hans, to fold his little hands in prayer, and answered his first childlike questions about God and the dear Lord Jesus, she already had her husband’s Small Catechism, the Kattegissema, as she called the book, because Greek words sounded too strange to her and therefore didn’t like to pass over her otherwise eloquent lips. But she knew Latin and interpreted the Greek ending ismus in the word Katechismus as a Latin superlative form, issimus. She understood the content of the book better than the title. In one of his last letters, from Eisleben on February 7, 1546, her husband still writes: “Dear Katie, read [the Gospel of] John and the Small Catechism, of which you once said: ‘Everything in the book is about me.’ ”