One of the rewards of being a catechist or a teacher of any kind is meeting former students. We always talk about sowing the seeds of faith with those we teach. It’s nice to see how some of those seeds have “sprung” as the years have gone by!
Over the last 2 evenings at Theology on Tap, I bumped into 2 former students of mine, both of whom are now engaged in training in the Diaconate! It’s so wonderful to see their passion for the faith compelling them to answer God’s call to serve in this capacity.
A few weeks back, I received an e-mail from a student I taught over 20 years ago and it warmed my heart:
I know you probably don’ t remember me, but I do remember you. Quigley South High School 1979 – 83 . You made me feel very secure and proud of my beliefs. I had never had so much fun in Religion Class. I never knew a teacher I could talk to like a friend. Your teachings have always stayed with me and I want you to know how inspirational you were. Thank you for everything you taught me those years. I hope you and your family are well.
Truth is, I DID remember this former student when I saw his name and it really warmed my heart to read what he said. We exchanged a few more e-mails to “catch-up” with one another after all these years.
This is just another example of the rewards of serving as a catechist or religion teacher!