You know how it is when you go bowling and you’re just a little off? I’m not talking about throwing lots of gutter balls. I’m talking about attempts that start off looking fine but before long you realize that it’s gonna miss the sweet spot and leave you with a split.
That sums up my class last night! Just a little off. It was one of those nights when I just felt like the words weren’t coming out of my mouth the way I had hoped. The kids were pretty antsy (holidays, I’m sure) and I think they’ve just about had it with Church history (thank goodness we move on to a new topic starting next week!).
It was one of those nights when I kept asking myself, “Is anything I’m saying getting through to them?” I felt like the teacher in the Charlie Brown TV specials whose voice is never really heard except for “mwah-mwah-mwah-mwah.”
Anyway, enough whining! It wasn’t all bad. We had a nice Advent prayer to begin: I had the kids “process” around the room (to an a capella recording of O Come, O Come, Emmanuel) with each of the items that makes up the prayer center, including the Avent wreath. Also, during the last half hour, they asked for more time to go to their sacred space saying, “you never leave enough time for that.” So we ended with a nice reflective prayer time during which I introduced them to St. Ignatius’ Daily Examen (we had just discussed St. Ignatius of Loyola in our Church history lesson). They were pretty good during that.
In all, I suppose it was a pretty typical class that we catechists experience on a weekly basis – one or two strikes, a couple of gutter balls, and a number of spares and splits!