We offer prayers of gratitude to God for catechists who teach the faith, in formal and informal ways, to people of all ages and abilities, in the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston. May God bless you abundantly as you further the evangelizing mission of his Church.
An inspirational opening address follows prayer, then participants attend three workshops which strengthen professional skills and personal formation. This conference is for anyone who serves children from birth through five years of age. Note: some sessions are available in Spanish. Nota: algunas de las sesiones estarán disponibles en Español. For more information or to register visit https://archgh.cvent.com/LettheChildrenCome2017.
We would like to share a resource provided by Dr. Michaele Dunlap from Oregon. This is a free resource that is most appropriate for our children affected by the flood. This informative coloring book is available in English and Spanish.
Nostalgia, which looks back to a particular point in the past with longing for its return – no matter what point in the past it might be – is counter-productive at best and idolatrous at worst. An authentic faith, even and especially one grounded in a transcendent hope, must be lived in the present. A helpful reflection and reminder can be found at:
A powerful reflection on how family life is a privileged locus of communion with God and growth in the spiritual life.
This reflection by a convert to Catholicism can be a helpful starting point for those who have been Catholic all their lives to begin to understand how an adequate formation in the faith means much more that merely coming to knowledge about Catholic doctrine. It is a way of seeing and being in the world. As those involved in the ministries of evangelization and catechesis, we have a responsibility to keep these in mind.
Those who minister to others have a responsibility to tend to their own spiritual lives in order to be effective ministers. Our friends at Loyola Press have some suggestions about how to do that.
Noted Catholic blogger Margaret Felice reflects on what the post-Holocaust reflections of German theologian Johann Metz might mean for us as Catholic Americans after the events this past weekend in Charlottesville. http://margaretfelice.com/2017/08/16/some-theology-after-charlottesville/