Tuesday, December 13, 2011
A lesson taught, a lesson learned
Jump to RCIA class:
Thoughts inside my brain: The Catholic Church -- the institution most reviled for her moral rules. Try to teach those liberating rules to a group of people inquiring about the Faith in a way that will override the secular "free choice" theories that have been inundated with throughout their lives. Choose humor as a medium to convey a difficult teaching to take the edge off. Pray, breath, teach...
What came out of my mouth: Silly joke, misunderstanding and confusion! UGH!!! You know, sometimes its more virtuous and less complicated to be a straight shooter -- tell them the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth, so help me God -- than it is to try and smooth it over somehow.
I'll be revamping that lesson for next year, believe me. It will be clear concise and to the point. Humor is one thing in it's proper place, it's a hazard when trying to teach a difficult teaching. For example, Jesus said, this is My Body; this is My Blood -- He didn't ease into it (this is not what I was teaching about). He just said it with charity and clarity! God bless me, I'll be keeping His example close at heart in my next session for RCIA.