If you’re feeling nervous about the approaching new catechetical year, you’re not alone. Read and pray with this excerpt from A Catholic Woman’s Book of Days by Amy Welborn. And let’s pray for each other as we prepare to meet our students.
“Remember Jesus Christ, raised from the dead, a descendant of David—that is my gospel, for which I suffer hardship, even to the point of being chained like a criminal. But the word of God is not chained.”
—2 Timothy 2:8–9
Like any new teacher, I was initially awed by my responsibility. So much to teach, so little time! And I worried about the example I was setting. I was a religion teacher, and if I was short-tempered, even for a second, wouldn’t my students lose their faith forever? Quite a heavy load for a twenty-five-year-old, bearing the salvation of all those souls.
In time, though, I learned. I had to balance the truth that my witness is important with the knowledge that God is still God—so I don’t have to be. He isn’t limited by anything—either by chains of metal or by the limitations of being human.
Lord, help me trust that you are not limited by my limitations.