At the core of every Catholic religious education curriculum are the Ten Commandments. Students have to learn them and review them every year. In order to teach the commandments effectively, we first need to teach them to know them then we need to help the students live them. I'm a big proponent of religious education that integrates lectio divina. It helps young people understand what we believe, but more importantly, learn how … [Continue Reading]
This post is a part of a series of teaching strategies that get beyond catechesis and into the realm of evangelization. To get a 10,000 foot view of where we are going, read this: A New Vision for Catholic Religious Education. This article and the others in this series are inspired by the book, To Heal, Proclaim, and Teach: The Essential Guide to Ministry in Today's Catholic Church. If I had to pick one issue that gets the most passionate … [Continue Reading]
What our Church needs most today is men and women who are willing to touch the heart and not just the head. As Pope Paul VI once wrote, we need to be more like witnesses than teachers. We need people who will not only catechize, but evangelize our Church's youth. The following blessing for catechists is meant to inspire you and all volunteer catechists and teachers to become Christ's witnesses. It is based on the principles in the book To … [Continue Reading]
The Holy Spirit is often the most difficult person of the Trinity to explain to young people. They have seen plenty of art work depicting God the Son. They are at least able to wrap their minds around God the Father, even if their concept of him is as an old man with a white beard. Teaching about the Holy Spirit, on the other hand, is a little bit more challenging. My co-catechist, Tim Will from the Alliance for Catholic Education, came up … [Continue Reading]
If we were to evaluate the impact of our religious education programs in the Catholic Church today based solely on the number of students whose lives were transformed, do you think we would score well? What if our religious education programs and children's ministries were measured by the number of disciples (what Sherry Weddell calls "intentional disciples" and Matthew Kelly calls "dynamic Catholics.")? How well do you think we would do … [Continue Reading]
New Worksheets for the Year of Mercy!
"It is my burning desire that, during this Jubilee, the Christian people may reflect on the corporal and spiritual works of mercy." Pope Francis Misericordiae Vultus Help Your Students Experience the Year of Mercy in a Profound Way During this Jubilee … [Learn More]