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The Six Tasks of Catechesis – #2: Promoting Knowledge of Liturgy & Sacraments

July 28, 2013



Recently, we began a series here on my blog about the six tasks of catechesis, focusing on the notion that God is calling each of us to fulfill a role that he has planned for us. Just as actors rely on certain strategies to immerse themselves in character, we too rely on certain strategies to “immerse” ourselves […]

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Actual Grace and Sanctifying Grace

June 26, 2013


"Confused" (61/365)

I was recently asked to explain the difference between actual grace and sanctifying grace so I went in search of some language that would help explain these realities in a meaningful way. I have to tell you, most of what I found was not at all helpful. We fall into the habit of using such […]

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Divine Pedagogy and the Catechetical Process

June 13, 2013


Finding God 2013

Recently, someone asked me to share some thoughts about the theological underpinnings of the 4-step catechetical process employed in the Finding God program. Here is how I replied ( I think it summarizes succinctly the soundness of this process).   The catechetical process used in the Finding God program – engage, explore, reflect, respond – […]

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Let’s Help a Colleague: Project Based Learning for Confirmation Prep

May 30, 2013


 I received the following email from Tom, telling me about his idea of doing a “project-based” approach to Confirmation preparation. Here’s how he describes it:     Hi Joe, It was great to meet you in Winnipeg last month; your visit got me thinking about our parish’s catechetical confirmation prep. The candidates are in Gr. […]

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Artistic Beauty Can Lead the Human Heart to God

May 15, 2013


Arts and Faith series

In a general audience in August, 2011, Pope Benedict spoke of the importance of art in the life of faith, saying that artistic beauty can lead the human heart to God. “Art is capable of making visible our need to go beyond what we see and it reveals our thirst for infinite beauty, for God,” […]

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May Crowning Update

May 14, 2013


Last week, I posted about the beautiful Catholic tradition of May Crowning and my quest to find out how to either acquire or make a small “crown” for my backyard Mary Statue. As it turns out, the miniature floral crown that I ordered was WAY too mini! So, instead, I went to Michaels and found […]

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Having Students Set Goals – Developing New Habits

May 13, 2013


The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business

I’ve been talking the last few posts about helping those we teach to develop new habits, inspired by a book titled The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg. One of the things the author talks about is the importance of people taking ownership of the process of developing new habits, beginning with the notion of […]

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“Keystone” Habits – How Change (Conversion) Happens

May 10, 2013


Beyond the Catechist

In his book, The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business, Charles Duhigg talks about how we form habits and how we can change them. He specifically describes habits that he refers to as “keystone habits,” explaining that “success doesn’t depend on getting every single thing right, but instead […]

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Sacramental Readiness and Initiation – Developing New Habits

May 9, 2013


Je m

We’ve had a good conversation here about sacramental readiness over the last few days thanks to a plea for help from “Monica.” Thank you to all who have so generously shared their wisdom. Our discussion got me thinking about the notion of readiness and the fact that all of our catechesis takes its cue from […]

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Sacramental Readiness: WWYD?

May 7, 2013


Here is an opportunity to help one of our colleagues (we’ll call her Monica) who is faced with a situation of determining sacramental readiness. Please offer your advice by leaving a reply below. Hi Joe — One of our RCIC students, 13 year old, missed lots of classes, has not done any home make up […]

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