I came across a good book for catechists and for teachers of any kind. The book is My Best Teachers Were Saints: What Every Educator Can Learn from the Heroes of the Church. Susan Swetnam does a fine job of showing how the saints can serve as a source of wisdom and empowerment for any teacher. In all, she identifies 52 role models—one for each week of the year—who provide insight into coping with the challenges that teachers face. As catechists, we can learn much from the saints and, in doing so, can have our vocation nourished and renewed—something that a lot of us need at this time of the year!
Many of us are into the home stretch of this year’s program and “spring fever” can begin to affect our students (and us!). Please share any ideas you have for keeping kids focused and keeping ourselves refreshed.