Teaching catechism to little kids is a deliciously straightforward enterprise. You get to tell them wonderful, captivating stories, and then drop the bombshell: "And guess what? It's all true!" And they are delighted. When those same kids get older, though, you will find yourself stretching your apologetics muscles a bit more -- at least, you will if you're doing it right! If the kids have no questions, it means you're not conveying the urgent, glorious strangeness of our Faith.
As I prepped the younger kids for their first confession, one of my seasoned students started to scowl. She knew all about original sin; but, from the vantage point of her teenage years, it suddenly struck her...READ MORE