While it’s true that there is a private dimension to our faith, faith comes to us through others first. Maybe you remember your parents teaching you mealtime or bedtime prayers or taking you to participate in a service opportunity. Maybe a favorite teacher or catechist showed you the power of imaginative prayer, invited you to a meaningful communal prayer service, or led an activity that made some aspect of the faith “click” for you. Maybe an inspirational Catholic speaker or your hometown pastor ignited the spark of faith in your life.
Whatever your memories, we give thanks for those who taught us what Catholics believe and how we practice our faith. Remember these special mentors as you pray A Prayer for Those Who Have Shared Their Faith, free for you to download as a prayer card—in English or in Spanish.
Share this prayer, excerpted from The Catechist’s Backpack/La mochila del catequista, with your catechists and teachers. Use it for a catechist meeting or as a prayer before each faith formation session.