This morning I woke up laughing. Yes, really. I had just had the wildest most off-the-wall dream about catechesis.
What if some of the quiet people in our lives have amazing gifts? What if those gifts were unleashed and used for catechesis in our parishes? Amazing things might happen!
I can't help but think that somehow thoughts about our diocesan day on Thursday with Keith Strohm of the Catherine of Siena Institute discussing how parishes can use Forming Intentional Disciples and the Called and Gifted process of discernment of charisms, is somehow tangled up in what happened in my head early this morning.
Andy Warhol obviously had a charism for teaching - through art - but to look at him, you would not have suspected such depth. What Warhol "taught" was the significance of ordinary things. He turned soup cans, cars, bananas and more into art. Although he never really said it, he showed the inherent value and sacramentality of everyday life, which is a very Catholic outlook. Although he never used his gift for the good of the Church, he could have.
How many people in our pews are "hiding" their gifts - or not sharing them with their faith community? What if the charisms in our parishes were unleashed for catechesis? That's a possibility I can't help but think would produced amazing results in forming young intentional disciples. Who in your community is a potential creative catechist? What would it take to help them discover that Christ is calling them to use their gifts in his Church? Do we have the courage to find out? Now THAT's a dream!