I’ve been a Catechist for 7 years now. I taught 4 year olds for 6 of those years. My reasoning was that they wouldn’t be able to stump me. We covered topics like God’s gift of water, light, animals, and fish. Real deep stuff 🙂 I didn’t have the most pleasant experience teaching Janie’s class. She would get upset if someone else wanted to sit next to me and other things like that. With Nolan joining the 4 year old class this year, I thought it was best to have someone else teach him so I moved up to 1st grade. First grade begins First Communion preparation so the children are learning a lot about our faith.
Last year, our director gifted each Catechist with the book Rome Sweet Home. I brought it home, stuck it on my shelf, and didn’t pick it back up. My mom was here after my surgery and she was telling me about the book. Since I was still recovering with little else to do, I decided to pick it up. I couldn’t put the book down! It’s so powerful. It made me want to get closer to my faith, be a better Catechist, and a better person overall. The first class I taught after finishing the book was about Jesus as a teacher. I was telling the kids how much Jesus loves us and how he wanted to share God’s love with everyone. I started to get emotional as I told them to think about how much their parents love them and that God’s love for us is even greater. Then I was brought back to the fact that these are 6 and 7 year olds when I had to say, “Luke, please stop licking your hand.”
This book is a great read for every Catholic and anyone that wants a better understanding of the Catholic faith. It explains our reverence for Mary and the Pope. And how our traditions came straight from the Bible.