by Rachelle C. Wenger
Growing up, I was blessed to have teachers I looked up to. I greatly appreciate how religion and understanding of God were taught to me. Never out of fear, never out of guilt but rather out of understanding that our God is a loving and merciful God.
So 7 years ago, when I decided to teach CCD, this was to give back and influence more people in knowing and understanding Him. I already knew that though I would be teaching the Catholic faith and teachings, I would like to be a mentor to them. A role model where they can see in someone not just in words how God’s love radiates from a person but more so how someone who loves God gives it back to others.
We, as God’s children, have an obligation to each other. To unite each other as one, regardless of race, religion, beliefs and build societies which promote peace and justice for the common good. That no matter what differences we might have, we have one Father and we are all created in His image and likeness.
Kindness, strength of faith, and obedience to the teachings are the things I hope my students will take with them as I always remind them, one may memorize the whole book and the Commandments and Beatitudes but if this is not seen in one’s life, then it is nothing. With how much the effect will be on them, I can only ask that I may be guided in my teachings and pray that the Holy Spirit will guide them too.
I chose to teach CCD since I have seen a lot of adult Catholics who do not understand the faith and therefore would not take to heart and in their lives the teachings of the Church. In this day and age where opinion forms greatly how they think religion is and how God’s role should play in our lives, by influencing the youth, I hope they influence their families as well and eventually influence future generations on God’s call to us. It might be a huge responsibility to teach about our faith but I truly believe that the Holy Spirit guides us to be instruments to let souls closer to the Creator.
As published in the February 5 issue of the Parish Bulletin.