“Were not our hearts burning [within us] while he spoke to us on the way and opened the scriptures to us?” Luke 24:32
Echoing the Mystery, Unlocking the Deposit of Faith in Catechesis, aims to open the mysteries God has revealed to us. Through His Son, Jesus Christ, He has communicated to us His loving plan of salvation. In order for these Truths to be echoed down, they must first be studied and contemplated. This publication makes them accessible to anyone desiring to evangelize and catechize.
The purpose of this manual is to help catechists analyze doctrine for catechesis— to identify the essential content of catechesis and to consider the various factors that will affect the arrangement of this material before they begin to plan their lessons.
“It was a seven mile walk to Emmaus“ (c.f. Lk 24:13). As the two men journeyed from Jerusalem to Emmaus, they were accompanied by the Risen Christ. Even though they were present and could give a firsthand account of all that had taken place in Jerusalem , they did not recognize Jesus until the Eucharistic moment – “the breaking of the bread”.
The paradigm of the Emmaus journey reflects the Christian life but most especially the life of anyone who bears the title of “catechist.” It certainly manifests the seven-decade journey in the field of catechetics for Professor Barbara Morgan. Her desire to understand and echo down the marvelous works of God began at the age of fourteen when she assisted her catechist in instructing children on the local Native American reservation. One could say this was the beginning of her contemplating the question that would be the theme of her life’s work – “What needs to be taught?” Or to put it differently, “what are the keys to each doctrine that need to be grasped in order to unlock all God has revealed?” Click here to continue reading…