When Will My Work as a Catechist Bear Fruit?

The following letter regarding religious education recently came to the Patheos inbox: Dear Anchoress,I was asked to teach CCD to third graders making their First Reconciliation and First Communion. I am not a teacher. . .but having coached CYO (10-12-year-olds), and also having children (now adults), I agreed.I have been trying since September to “get into it.” I prepare each week, sometimes for over a few hours. There are eleven kids in the class. They mostly show up, [but] if there is … [Read more...]

Why I am Catholic, because… Life!… in Abundance!

I came across an old home movie recently, of a picnic with my siblings and cousins when we were all on the cusp of adulthood. My sister and her fiance were manifesting their first timid acts of public affection, the rest of us were clowning around. Since that day, about twenty years ago, we have all married and had children, so that now, between all of us, there are roughly thirty new people in existence. The oldest of our children is just ready to start college. It boggles my mind … [Read more...]

Gratitude for the people who fostered my faith

My parents converted to Catholicism only a year or two before my First Communion, and I think they believed that I would learn everything I needed to know about it in my CCD classes. But the first time I learned that Catholics believe that Jesus is really present in the Eucharist, I was close to graduating from college. I had lectored at the 10:30 A.M. Mass all through high school; I had played my cello with the church choir; I had taught a Confirmation class to kids only two years younger than … [Read more...]

Joining the Conversation on Faith

Well, here we go. A fresh start. Many of you may know my old blog, Betty Duffy. I've loved it long, but over the past year or so, Elizabeth Scalia's offer to let me blog here at Patheos has become more and more attractive. Having a personal blog on which to post one's thoughts and ramblings is very cathartic, but after four or so years, it seemed I had said everything I wanted to say there. I had expressed all my opinions. I had made some good friends. I had documented several years of family … [Read more...]