Over the next couple of weeks, I’ll be taking aside each student and checking to see if he or she has taken to heart (memorized) a certain number of traditional Catholic prayers as spelled out by the parish curriculum. Before I do that, however, I plan to explain to the young people the importance and the value of knowing traditional prayers. Kids sometimes think that memorizing is a waste of time. But taking to heart (I don’t like to call it memorizing) traditional prayers is like taking care of a family heirloom. We can pray using words that millions have used before us. There are times in our lives when we can’t find our own words to pray. At such times, we can call on traditional prayers. Likewise, traditional prayers make it easy for us to pray together as a community, allowing our minds and hearts to be joined through common words.
What role does taking to heart certain prayers and doctrines play in your catechesis?