Which Area of Your “Garden” Needs Tending? A Poll Question

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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.


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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.

1 Comment on Which Area of Your “Garden” Needs Tending? A Poll Question

  1. I’am just a reader of the scriptures. Self study, i dont belong to any bible group. There are times that it was just reading the scripture, understanding is difficult.

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