As catechists, one thing that is important for us to remember is that for us to best enrich the lives of the disciples entrusted to us, we must remember to take care to of our own spiritual needs too. If your life is anything like mine, you are very busy and that makes it easy to get stuck in routines. We can have a tendency to put our own spirituality on the back burner as we focus on our students, our families and our friends. Additionally, in going through our hectic lives, we can pick up some bad habits that impact our spiritual health in a negative way.
I recognize these tendencies in myself and I’m sure that I’m not alone. I’m always looking for opportunities to strengthen my own spirituality, not only to help me grow closer to God, but to be able to share Him more effectively with others that I come in contact with. So, you can imagine my excitement then when I found out that Joe Paprocki was having another one of his free webinars, this time on this very topic. If you don’t know Joe, his blog, Catechist’s Journey, was the first blog for catechists that I found on the web. I consider him a sort of online mentor for me based on the content on his blog, not only regarding ideas and techniques for being a good catechist, but also by reflecting on his comments as a way of seeing where I need to improve in my ministry.
Joe’s upcoming webinar is titled “7 Keys to Spiritual Wellness” and is based on some of the information found in his new book by the same title. While I have not read the book (yet), based on the description I was able to find on the Loyola Press website, it looks like a great resource for catechists, but it is clear from the description that this would be valuable for all sorts of people looking for spiritual renewal, whether in a formal ministry or not. This webinar will cover some of the principles from the book and will similarly be a great resource for those looking to strengthen their spiritual health.
Like Joe’s prior webinars, this one is free. It is scheduled for Tuesday, April 24, 2012 at 6pm EDT and should last about an hour. If his prior webinars are any indication, the time will be well spent. Below is a link to the post on Joe’s blog describing the webinar and that page also contains a link to sign up for the event. You will need to sign up to get the link to the session.
I know we are all on a spiritual journey and as human beings, we can have a tendency to not give our journey the attention it deserves. This should prove to be a great opportunity to refocus ourselves on our spiritual wellness and can take us another step closer to our Lord. I hope you’ll have the opportunity to attend.
Until next time, keep sharing the faith.