Pop-Up Catechesis: Speaking God’s Language Through Rituals

Pop-Up Catechesis with Joe Paprocki

There is a fine line between routine and ritual. A routine is something we do the same way habitually, with little or no thought. Every morning, we mindlessly follow a routine: turn off the alarm, turn on the coffee pot, eat a bowl of cereal, brush our teeth, and so on. A ritual is something we do the same way habitually, with deep, intentional thought. Blessing ourselves with holy water, genuflecting, anointing with oil, walking in procession—these are all examples of ritual acts. If done without deep, intentional thought, they risk becoming routine. When done with deep, intentional thought, these ritual actions invoke the Christian narrative of rescue, restoration, and reassurance. However, we are not limited to participating in these rituals solely in church. We can create and practice meaningful ritual actions in our homes as a way of speaking God’s language in our family. In this episode of Pop-Up Catechesis, we take a closer look at the language of rituals and ritual actions.

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About Joe Paprocki 2665 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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