Christian doctrine teachers have been given an important mission by the local parishes to form mature Christians. In addition to teaching doctrine (and perhaps more importantly) teachers of doctrine are expected to be guides to the young in living the spiritual life, eradicating what endangers their spiritual growth as the teachers themselves accompany the young on their journey of the spirit.
A Salesian priest has traveled
throughout the country giving retreats and conducting programs for these teachers, and now reports on what he has heard wanting to convey what he feels is necessary on their behalf.
However, what should also be of interest, he says, is to help the
teachers deepen their own faith
life, and impress on them the importance of what they are doing,
preparing them with possibilities for studies and seminars that will
help them be better teachers.
Dealing with teachers, we
sometimes get overly involved, he says, with teaching methods and
teaching tools, and yet what is important is to be concerned with
the teachers themselves. It is easy to forget the crisis of faith that
many may be having when faced with difficult student relationships.
Instead of being a support to the students, the teachers may end up
losing their faith, which leads us to reflect more deeply on the mission
of the Church and the teaching mission of the teachers.
began their teaching vocation in service to the Church, the priest
reminds us. We should now do whatever is necessary to prepare them
for this difficult journey of life, which is often filled, along with
the gratifying moments, with painful experiences. Pastors especially
should be concerned for the spiritual growth of these teachers, who are
being intrusted with teaching our children to take their rightful place
within the Catholic community. These teachers are a much valued and
respected resource for the Church. The time and money spent in their
proper formation will assure the health of the present and future