27 September, 2013
I am pleased that this meeting was organized for the Year of Faith.
Catechesis is a pillar of faith education and we need good catechists! Thank you for your service to the Church and in the Church. Even if at times it may be difficult and require a great deal of work, and although the results are not always what we hope for, teaching the faith is something beautiful! It is perhaps the best legacy we can pass on: the faith! To educate in the faith, to make it grow.
To help children, young people and adults to know and love the Lord more and more is one of the most exciting aspects of education. It builds up the Church! To "be" catechists! Not to "work" as catechists: this will not do. I work as a catechist because I like to teach… But unless you "are" a catechist, it is no good! You will not be successful … you will not bear fruit!
Catechesis is a vocation: "being a catechist", this is the vocation, not working as a catechist. So keep this in mind: I didn't say to do the "work" of catechists, but to "be" catechists, because this is something that embraces our whole life. It means leading people to encounter Christ by our words and our lives, by giving witness.