Last night I had the privilege of being in the company of some special friends for what I thought was to be the last time. Over the past four years, I have been leading a Catechism study group in my parish. Last night was our final session and we were joined by our pastor Fr. Mike and our close friend Mary, who is the head of parish ministries. As we discussed what was learned over the past four years, something that had been obvious to me suddenly became apparent to everyone else in the room. The Lord had touched the group and everyone had been transformed. Everyone that started the course as a “student” had become a “teacher”. They may not teach in the formal sense, but they now realize that they are called to “instruct” their co-workers, family, friends and anyone that God places in their path. They are prepared to teach not only by their words, but by their actions.
Scott, Michelle, Marilou and Joe … you have been a bigger inspiration to me than you will ever know. Your willingness to study and accept the teachings of the Catholic Church inspired me personally and is a much needed witness in today’s society. On a more personal level, I now consider you all to be my close friends. It is a friendship built on the common bond of the teachings of Jesus Christ, and it doesn’t get much better than that!
Fr. Mike and Mary…thanks for allowing us to become a group and to meet in the parish. Thanks also for trusting in me to lead the group and for your words of support last night. I assure you that I consider it a sacred duty to be able to instruct people in the Faith and I will always treat it as a great privilege.
As it turns out, this isn’t the end for us. There is much work to be done and we are all up for the task. And if anyone doesn’t believe that the teaching of Jesus Christ through His Catholic Church can change people’s lives, my friends and I would have a serious problem with that! Our lives were all changed by studying the Catechism and yours can be also. If you don’t have a copy you need to get one… it is a masterpiece.
By the way, if you like what we’re doing over at The Catholic Truth website (www.thecatholictruth.info) and feel that it has helped you in any way , say an extra prayer for Scott, Michelle, Marilou and Joe …they are funding it for the next year!
Thanks, guys… you’re amazing!