Observing and Measuring Discipleship in Children
In his Apostolic Exhortation “On Catechesis in Our Time,” Catechesi tradendae, St. John Paul II poses the important question: “. . . How are we to reveal Jesus Christ, God made man, to this multitude of children and young people, reveal Him not just in the fascination of a first fleeting encounter but through an acquaintance, growing deeper and clearer daily, with Him, His message, the plan of God that He has revealed, the call He addresses to each person, and the kingdom that He wishes to establish in this world with the ‘little flock’ . . . ?” (35). We as catechists — whether in the classroom or as parents — have the beautiful task of helping to reveal Jesus Christ to those in our care, and to help them answer the call to discipleship that Jesus poses to each individual. This workshop will help us gain a deeper understanding of the profound spiritual capacity children have and ways to assess where they are at in their relationship with Jesus, so that we can see how to more effectively minister to them and grow in our vocation as catechists.