A Catechist’s Litany of Thanks

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According to St. Ignatius Loyola, a healthy spirituality begins and ends with gratitude. On this Thanksgiving Day, we catechists have so much to be grateful for! Below is a catechist’s litany of thanks, which I invite you to add to. As a catechist, what are you most thankful for? Share your thoughts in the comments section below. Happy Thanksgiving!

To each of the following, we pray, “Thank you, Lord!”

  • For my vocation as a catechist…
  • For all those who nurture my vocation…
  • For the many people who formed me in faith…
  • For those I am privileged to teach…
  • For those who inspire me…
  • For all of the resources that help me create effective lesson plans…
  • For the uniqueness of each person I teach…
  • For those I have taught in the past…
  • For my fellow catechists…
  • For my catechetical leader…
  • For the guidance of the Church…
  • For the Catechism of the Catholic Church
  • For all of the Church’s catechetical documents…
  • For the Sacred Scriptures…
  • For all the sacraments, especially my Baptism…
  • For the lives of the saints…
  • For the many catechists who journey together on this blog…
  • For good catechetical resources from Catholic publishers…
  • For my catechist manual…
  • For good catechetical websites…
  • For the guidance of the Holy Spirit…
  • For the opportunity to partner with parents…
  • For the times I have “hit the nail on the head” in my teaching…
  • For the times I have learned from my mistakes…

I could go on, but I’d much rather hear what you would like to add! As a catechist, what are you thankful for?

About Joe Paprocki 2343 Articles
Joe Paprocki, DMin, is National Consultant for Faith Formation at Loyola Press, where, in addition to his traveling/speaking responsibilities, he works on the development team for faith formation curriculum resources including Finding God: Our Response to God’s Gifts and God’s Gift: Reconciliation and Eucharist. Joe has more than 35 years of experience in ministry and has presented keynotes, presentations, and workshops in more than 100 dioceses in North America. Joe is a frequent presenter at national conferences including the Los Angeles Religious Education Congress, the Mid-Atlantic Congress, and the National Conference for Catechetical Leadership. He is the author of numerous books, including the best seller The Catechist’s Toolbox, A Church on the Move, Under the Influence of Jesus, and Called to Be Catholic—a bilingual, foundational supplemental program that helps young people know their faith and grow in their relationship with God. Joe is also the series editor for the Effective Catechetical Leader and blogs about his experiences in faith formation at www.catechistsjourney.com.

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