The upcoming memorial of Saint Joachim and Saint Ann has me thinking about how these saints can inspire catechetical ministers. Tradition tells us that Joachim and Ann were the parents of the Blessed Virgin Mary. As the Saints Kit says, “They must have set the example that Mary followed to become the loving, gentle, faith-filled, courageous woman she was—the perfect woman to bear and raise the Son of God.”
Now, none of us is perfect or raising or teaching the perfect children. But it is worth a moment of reflection to consider how Joachim and Ann raised Mary and what that example can show us.
We might ask ourselves: What kind of example do I set for the children who come to our programs? Do I model a faith-filled life for my catechists and parents, opening every gathering with prayer instead of jumping into an agenda? Do I recognize the liturgical seasons and saints’ days as opportunities to learn more about how to live a Christian life? Do I pass along those opportunities to the families in our parish? How do I model gentleness when a child is sent to my office after continuous disruptions in class? How do I model courage in working for social justice, in whatever way that manifests itself in my life?
The saints have important lessons to teach us about holiness and following Christ. Consider taking a moment to go beyond the stories of the saints and take their lessons to heart. Even imagine a conversation with Joachim or Ann, to see what they would say about being a model of faithfulness. Build a relationship with the saints, and see how they can inspire your ministry.
How have the saints inspired your ministry? What steps might you take to find inspiration from the saints as we approach another program year?