I had the wonderful opportunity the last 5 days to attend the St. John Bosco Catechetical Conference at Franciscan University in Steubenville, OH. There were many blessings and a lot I want to share in future posts about catechesis today in the Church. Today, I want to share with you a very inspiring story told by a Salesian of Don Bosco who spoke at the conference, Fr. Louis Molinelli, SDB. He shared the following:
One day I had a meeting with other presidents of schools and had to go to a place I had not been to before. After driving around for what felt like ages I found a building that I thought was the place (not realizing there were two Sacred Heart Schools). As I went into the school I saw loads of children and had no idea where to go. A young girl about 5 years old came up to me and said, hello, can I help you? I said, yes you can; would you please take me to the one in charge? The girl said, yes, come with me and she took my hand and lead me down a long hallway past many classrooms until finally we entered a room where she pointed to the front and said their, He’s in charge: she was pointing to Jesus in the tabernacle.
This is a touching story which drew my thoughts to how important it is to point to Jesus in our catechesis and lead others to Him. Not only are we showing them the one who is in charge but we are helping others grow spiritually.
Here are 3 things to consider in leading others to Jesus Christ:
1. Are you praying each time you prepare to lead catechetical sessions for the Holy Spirit to use you and to speak to the hearts of those you are catechizing?
2. Are you trying to cover the topic at the cost of drawing them into a deeper relationship with Jesus? Our catechesis can too often be informational without being transformational.
3. Are you helping those you catechize to grow in prayer and helping them be in friendship with God. Each of us need to use our God given gifts to help others grow in their spiritual lives.
The Big Question
Can you take me to the one in charge?