How do we catechize our children?
What program/workbook/curriculum/syllabus do we use to teach our children the faith?
Oh. Preach the gospel at all times, when necessary, use words. Be the person God wants you to be, and when you fail (FYI, I do daily), get up and and do it again.
Every. Single. Day. Make your mistakes and apologize for them. Let them see you pray. Allow yourself to be vulnerable. Ask hard questions. Answer hard questions.
ALWAYS answer hard questions. If you don’t know the answer, tell your children AND tell them you will find out, to the best of your ability.
Learning is modelled.
Faith is modelled.
Joy is modelled.
Goodness is modelled.
Disinterest is modelled.
Apathy is modelled.
Life is a vibrant, organic, precious, ever-changing, intoxicating, dangerous and amazing gift.
It takes one’s breath away.
The best method – the only real method – is sharing our faith, discovering our faith alongside our children, living our faith. In the context of Mass, our daily home life, of the big decisions we make, in the books we read together, in our conversations with others, in how we spend our time, in the discussion that ensues in the process of learning, wondering, knowing, debating. All other semblance of formation, is, by and large, enrichment. Programs and books (and many are excellent) whether directly catechesis, or our faith in history or science or any other “subject” are merely a jumping off place for formation.
They are not formation.
Curriculum is not formation. Like science textbooks aren’t science.