A parish is complicated. If God’s plan is simple, why does my role as a catechetical leader feel so complicated? Perhaps it is because, as catechists, it is part of our mission not only to proclaim the truth, but to link it to everyday life. The GDC (87) states that for the Christian life to mature in a person all of its elements must be cultivated: knowledge of the faith, liturgical life, moral formation, prayer, belonging to community and the missionary Spirit. When catechesis omits one of these elements, the Christian faith does not attain full development. This, my friends, is why catechesis can seem complicated! The parish is also the place where we can meet the Lord Jesus in the sacraments, where heaven meets earth, and where sins are absolved. The Catechism has a word for this place where the love of the brethren is lived out in the power of the Spirit: communio. In the parish, in this communio, we are no longer strangers and sojourners, but fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God (Eph 2:19).
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