It's the end of day three of the St. John Bosco Conference for Religious Educators at the Franciscan University of Steubenville. While the weather here in Ohio is unbearably hot and humid (heat index hit 107 today) the conference has been worth every stifling trek across the campus. One of the focal themes this year has been the centrality of the person of Christ in everything we do and everything we teach. This is always a central teaching here at Bosco, as it is central to the catechetical documents of the Church. The unique application which has come across strongly this year is that Christ must never be relegated to merely be the topic of one or more lessons, rather Christ must be the point to which every lesson is directed. Christ must permeate everything we teach. As more than one instructor has said this week, after you plan your lesson you should ask yourself, "What does this have to do with Jesus?" If it is not evident to you, it certainly will not be clear to your students.
Note to Catechists from St Francis and Prince of Peace: expect to hear more about this in catechist training this year.