“Whenever material things, money, worldliness, become the centre of our lives, they take hold of us, they possess us; we lose our very identity as human beings.” (Pope Francis)
“Being a catechist is about teaching the faith in its entirety and putting Christ – not oneself – on centre stage, Pope Francis told catechists from around the world.
Catechists ‘are people who keep the memory of God alive; they keep it alive in themselves and they are able to revive it in others,’ he said in his homily.
The Pope spoke during a special Mass in St Peter’s Square for hundreds of catechists who were in Rome for an international congress hosted by the Pontifical Council for Promoting New Evangelisation.
He said a catechist who teaches the faith to be ‘at the service of proclamation, not to be important, not to talk about himself or herself, but to talk about God, about His love and His fidelity.’
They also speak about and ‘transmit all that God has revealed, that is, the doctrine in its totality, neither adding nor subtracting anything’, he said.
THE POPE WARNS AGAINST FORGETTING ABOUT GOD
The Pope warned against forgetting about God. ‘If we don’t think about God, everything ends up being about ‘me’ and my own comfort.’
The real meaning of life, the importance of other people, ‘all of these become unreal, they no longer matter, everything boils down to one thing: having,’ he said.
‘Whenever material things, money, worldliness, become the centre of our lives, they take hold of us, they possess us; we lose our very identity as human beings,’ he said.
He reminded his audience that ‘we are made in God’s image and likeness, not that of material objects, not that of idols.’
In an earlier audience with catechists, the Pope said the Church needs good catechists, who love Christ, live out the Gospel in their lives and courageously go to the margins of society to share the gift of faith with others.
‘Let us follow him, imitate him in his dynamic of love, of going to others, and let’s go out, open the doors, have the audacity to strike out new paths to proclaim the Gospel,’ he said.”
– This article entitled “Put Christ centre stage, pontiff tells catechists” was published in “The Catholic Universe” issue Sunday 6th October 2013. For subscriptions please visit http://www.thecatholicuniverse.com (external link).