Thank a Catechist Day!

Galatians 6:6
Let him who is taught the Word share all good things with him who teaches.

Some of us learned the gospel from our parents, some of us from friends, some of us from a teacher, some of us from a priest.  Wherever we learned it, we owe the people who taught us the greatest debt of thanks any person can owe another.  Today, if you can, share something good with the person who taught you about Jesus.  If you can’t, honor them by sharing what they gave you with somebody else.

Mark Shea


Mark P. Shea is a popular Catholic writer and speaker. The author of numerous books, his most recent work is The Work of Mercy (Servant) and The Heart of Catholic Prayer (Our Sunday Visitor). Mark contributes numerous articles to many magazines, including his popular column “Connecting the Dots” for the National Catholic Register. Mark is known nationally for his one minute “Words of Encouragement” on Catholic radio. He also maintains the Catholic and Enjoying It blog and regularly blogs for National Catholic Register. He lives in Washington state with his wife, Janet, and their four sons.

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  • krby34

    What a wonderful idea. My wife is the one who has taught me the most about Jesus and what His sacrifice is all about and how special it should be to me. She is a DRE for our Parish but before working with all these kids as a teenager herself she catechized me by her witness of true faith and trust in God. To the point she accepted me as her gift from God as a spouse and has brought me closer to God each day.

    Thank you my love and life.

  • Grandpa Tom

    It is good to give thanks. Thanks to Saints like Thomas Aquinas who wrote the Summa Theologica for novices like myself, so I can explain the faith to my grand children. It is very important to teach the school aged children about Adam and creation verses evolution, the Darwin theory on the Origin of Species, and the Decent of Man. I explained to my children that if humans are the product of evolution and that if we evolved from the ape, then Adam’s offspring would be decendents from apes. This theory would include Mary and Jesus, which is heresy. Joseph Ratzinger; Pope Benedict XVI wrote a book on this issue titled: “In the Beginning (1986).” In said book, he explains evolution and the Catholic Church position on the issue. Pope Pius XII’s encyclical of the 1950 Humani Generis at paragraph 37 teaches that the faithful must believe original sin was actually committed by one individual Adam, and his wife Eve. That humanity has its origin in a single couple. Jesus is called the Second Adam because he restored what Adam lost. It is good to teach so that the children and others may recognize a counterfit coin, and keep the shinny coin of faith. All Catholic families should own a copy of “CATECHISM of the CATHOLIC CHURCH.”