8 Steps to Energize Your Faith, Step Six: Make Repairs

8 Steps to Energize Your Faith video series

Some people fix things for a living: cars, teeth, HVAC systems, plumbing, legal issues, electrical problems, and so on. Many others repair things as a hobby: furniture restoration, auto repairs and restoration, gardening, sewing, and so on. There is something innately pleasing about either repairing something or seeing something get repaired. It’s as if something is restored to the “way God intended it to be!” The truth is, God has spent (and continues to spend) a great deal of time making repairs, beginning with the Exodus event when he intervened in the lives of the Jewish people who were enslaved in Egypt in order to restore their freedom and human dignity. Likewise, he sent his only Son, Jesus, to “repair” (reconcile) humankind. We can participate in the divine life and tap into divine energy by making repairs and restoring things—including broken human relationships. As we continue to reflect on the steps from my book, 8 Steps to Energize Your Faith, I invite you to reflect on step six: Make repairs!

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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.

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