Pop-Up Catechesis: Change Requires a Stimulus

Pop-Up Catechesis with Joe Paprocki

How does water change to ice or steam? Well, it doesn’t do it on its own. It requires a stimulus, namely a change in temperature. When water is cooled, the molecules slow down and are bonded together to form ice. When water is heated, the molecules speed up and break free from their bonds, thus creating steam. But none of that happens without the stimulus of temperature change. In a similar way, if we hope to make changes in our lives—as we often strive to do through New Year’s resolutions—we need an external stimulus to make such changes happen. In this episode of Pop-Up Catechesis, we explore the role of the Holy Spirit as a stimulus for bringing about change in our lives.

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About Joe Paprocki 2508 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.

2 Comments on Pop-Up Catechesis: Change Requires a Stimulus

  1. I love this talk on New Year’s Resolutions! It’s so important to remember that we can do nothing on our own, but only through the Holy Spirit! I have shared this with my religious education families.

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