To help celebrate the 5th anniversary of my blog, The Catechist’s Journey, I’ve invited a number of people to be guest bloggers here over the course of a week! Today, I am featuring Lisa Mladinich, a Catholic wife and mother, catechist and workshop leader, and the author of the popular booklets, “Be An Amazing Catechist: Inspire the Faith of Children,” and “Be an Amazing Catechist: Sacramental Preparation” available from Our Sunday Visitor. She is the founder of Catholic Writers of Long Island, www.BeAnAmazingCatechist.com and www.AmazingCatechists.com, a website devoted to providing encouragement and community to all who teach the Catholic Faith. Thanks, Lisa, for sharing with us and for participating in my 5th anniversary celebration! Here’s Lisa’s guest post.
by Lisa Mladinich
When I teach my workshop for catechists, the thing that lights people up the most is the notion of our supernatural partnership with Christ; the conviction that we’re never alone in the classroom, especially when we are prayerful, and that the work is always His.
Servant of God Fulton J. Sheen was a brilliant and inspiring teacher of the faith, a man of many gifts, great knowledge, poise, and charisma. And yet he fervently prayed every time he was preparing to teach, “Lord, send me Pentecostal fire!”
Isn’t that beautiful? A guy who surely could have relied on himself and gone pretty far on his own steam understood that in order to bear fruit in a deep and lasting way he needed God’s help. And so do we.
Daily prayer, faithful sacramental life, small sacrifices for the children and their parents, and a willing heart, are all that is needed for God to work powerfully through us. With all our failings, with the little bit of time left over after family and work, God can take it all and make something beautiful happen.
It’s a great comfort when you’re tired, ill-prepared, or the kids are somehow in a tangle you can’t get smooth. Some days we walk away thinking, “I accomplished nothing in there.” And that’s okay. As long as you follow it up with this thought: “But I trust that YOU accomplished something.” And then give God a little smile of confidence.
Because where we sow, He waters. And where He waters, He tends. Our imperfect efforts, offered to Him with the expectation that He will enhance and complete them, can bear fruit that will last. We may not see it in this lifetime, but it is there. And when we enter heaven some day, we will meet all the immortal souls we have helped along the way, by doing what we can and giving the rest to God.
Imagine what a reunion that will be!