Throughout the summer months, many of us spend time tending to our lawns and gardens, ensuring that they are receiving the attention they need to flourish and grow. We make sure they are receiving the nutrients they need, are free from weeds, and are being watered sufficiently. Often, our focus is drawn to one or two “trouble spots” where we know we have to pay some increased attention.
In a similar way, summer is a good time to take a closer look at the “gardens” of our soul and to make sure that some of our “trouble spots” are being tended. Just as flowers, plants, and lawns need a variety of certain nutrients, every catechist needs to be nourished in a variety of areas: Scripture, sacraments, morality, prayer, Church, saints, spirituality, liturgy, and so on.
With that in mind, I invite you to answer the following poll question, which asks you which area of Catholic teaching you most need to grow in understanding. You can then make a plan in the coming year to pay attention to this area of your “garden” as we each strive to reach our full potential as catechists.