Author: Judith Dunlap
Like the sower in the parable of Jesus, catechists, teachers, religious educators and parish ministers are called to continue sowing the seed by proclaiming through voice and action the word of God. Catechists are also charged with the task of preparing the soil to receive the word and creating an environment for the seed to take root and multiply a hundredfold. The catechist must foremost be a person of faith, someone willing and able to share the gift of faith.
In When You Are a Catechist
, veteran catechist Judith Dunlap offers those who teach children, teens and adults much inspirational and practical help about the call to serve, the gift of faith, the gift of prayer and ritual, the gift of community and the gift of self. She helps these sowers to unwrap each of these gifts and discover new ways to share them in their ministry. After each chapter she includes questions for reflection and discussion as well as quotations from Scripture, the Catechism of the Catholic Church and the General Directory for Catechesis. Each of these books is important to our ministry, writes Dunlap. The Bible lays the foundation for our faith. The Catechism gives that faith hope. And the Directory offers reflection and principles to help guide us as we hand on that faith to others.
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