Brothers & Sisters,
For the next two weeks, I'll be teaching a group of 7th graders catechism at my church each morning. Initially, when I agreed to do this, I had a moment right afterward of "what did I just agree to?" However, that feeling soon passed and made way to excitement, discovery and lots of questions. It's made me look back on my faith, what I learned as a child, what I've learned as an adult and what I wish I knew then what I know now.
On the eve of this new adventure starting, I can't help but think that we all yearn to learn new things, deepen our faith, strengthen relationships and for some of us teach what we've learned to those who might be interested. I firmly believe that teaching is another step in this new journey that I've been praying for these 16 students for the past month and here's hoping that the Lord open their hearts and minds as we bound through the next two weeks. As I peeled through the teachers manual, I loved some of the content I was reading. There was lots of talk of finding God in everything around us, how Jesus speaks to us and growing our relationship with Him and those around us. It should come as no surprise that these topics immediately had me excited to jump into this course. One of the best gems I've found is the touches on Philosophers such as Plato, Socrates, and St. Augustine who just so happen to be some of my favorites.
I hope that showing passion for these subjects to this group of students will, in turn, start to set a fire in some of their hearts regarding their faith. Although, if all of their eyes glaze over and they fall asleep then I'll know right away if I'm passionate or boring won't I? For the next two weeks, Monday-Friday's letters will be reflections on the day, what I learned, some of what I taught and what's coming up for the next day.