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Religious ed teachers: Will you be remembered?

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Kathleen N. Hattrup - published on 09/11/22

Pope Francis remembers Sr. Dolores, who prepared him for First Communion, and hopes that children will remember their catechists as people who "sowed good and beautiful things in their heart."

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In a meeting where Pope Francis said that he enjoys the Wednesday morning audiences because a bishop is “first and foremost [a] catechist,” called “to make the Gospel resonate in the heart of every person,” he went on to recall the nun and two laywomen who prepared him for First Communion.

And I would not like to end – I consider it good and right – without remembering my catechists. There [was] a religious sister who [led] a group of catechists; sometimes she taught, sometimes [it was] two good women — both named Alicia, I always remember.

And this religious sister laid down the foundation of my Christian life, preparing me for First Communion, in the years 1943 to 1944. I don’t think any of you were born at that time.

The Lord also gave me a very great grace. She was very elderly [when] I was a student… studying abroad, in Germany, and after I finished my studies I returned to Argentina, and the day after she died.

I was able to accompany her that day. And when I was there, praying before her coffin, I thanked the Lord for the witness of that sister who spent her life almost entirely in giving catechesis, preparing children and youngsters for First Communion. She was named Dolores.

I let myself say this to bear witness that a good catechist leaves a trace; not only the trace of what he or she sows, but the trace of the person who has sown. I hope that your young people, your children, your adults, those you accompany in catechesis, will always remember you before the Lord as a person who sowed good and beautiful things in their heart.

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