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Joe Paprocki, D.Min. shares his reflection on this retreat:
“Stand firm and hold fast.”
As a catechist, you will need these five words, so lock them away somewhere for safe-keeping. While serving as a catechist brings with it many joys, there will also be times when you will feel like you are battling strong headwinds, trying to maintain your ground. It is then that you will need to stand firm. While serving as a catechist is very fulfilling, there will also be times when you will feel like you are losing your grip. It is then that you will need to hold fast. St. Paul was well aware of the challenges that the catechists of his era faced when he wrote his Second Letter to the Thessalonians and urged them to “stand firm and hold fast.” Today’s challenges are no less daunting, and these words of St. Paul are needed as much now as they were two thousand years ago.
The best thing about standing firm and holding fast is knowing that our God stands firm. Plant your feet firmly upon the Lord’s and you will be held in place. Our God holds fast so that even when we lose our grip, we are kept in the Lord’s grasp. In other words, we don’t rely on our own power to stand firm and to hold fast. We just need to remain in God, knowing that in him, we will withstand the challenges of our ministry and possess the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ, now and forever!
Joe Paprocki, D.Min.
Joe Paprocki, D.Min., has been a catechetical leader and religious educator in the Chicago area for more than thirty years.
Books by Joe Paprocki, D.Min.
The Catechist’s Backpack
Spiritual Essentials for the Journey
Written by two nationally known, expert lay catechists, The Catechist’s Backpack gives catechists the resources that speak to the spiritual dimension of their call to share the Catholic faith.
Beyond the Catechist’s Toolbox
Catechesis That Not Only Informs but Also Transforms
Joe Paprocki, best-selling author of The Catechist’s Toolbox series, has written the first, step-by-step book that demonstrates how to teach a 75-minute catechetical session with practical techniques that expand upon the textbook to create a more prayerful climate in the classroom.
7 Keys to Spiritual Wellness
Enriching Your Faith by Strengthening the Health of Your Soul
In 7 Keys to Spiritual Wellness, best-selling author Joe Paprocki provides a prescription for spiritual health based on the rich wisdom of Catholic Tradition.