I received the following email and thought it was worth sharing because it points to the fact that we catechists are finding ways of connecting with one another so that we can better ourselves and become more effective catechists!
Joe – thanks for the site. I just started teaching 13 year olds on
Monday nights – my first time teaching ANYTHING. My father and brother
are both school teachers and when I went to them for advice, thinking
they would have the secrets to dealing with kids this age, the basically
told me how hard it was and that you just have to work through their
Searching around the internet for support I was surprised to learn how
little there is out there – how few real ideas are out there (at least
as far as my surfing was concerned) – until I came to your site.
Reading what you write I feel like you’re in there with me in my class
and it all feels so much better. I’m not really at a loss for ideas; my
theology classes at Fordham already inspired in me a love for learning
about God and religion and for exploring my faith. And I have always
felt that there was something missing in how we carry young people
across the threshold from childhood’s “Jesus is my friend” to a serious
attempt at coming to terms with God in their lives and what it all means
in real and practical terms. So the challenge compels me and the kids,
for all their obnoxiousness, are all just so bright and passionate about
life. But in those moments after class, alone and cleaning up after
them, sometimes (oftentimes) it’s just so discouraging. Your site has
helped me through those times.
I hope I can continue to be of help and I know that so many of you are of great help to me. Thanks!