Barbara Nicolosi has written a typically frank and practical essay: Repenting of the Failure of Parish-Based Catechesis: Time for An Old Idea. Her parish priest did the same thing as ours did recently: he asked the parishioners if they could name the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit. At Nicolosi's church, she was the only one who could recite them, which she did.
People gasped. Father approached our pew actually shocked. He was intrigued and, I guess, figured maybe I had gotten lucky. "Stand up and say them again. Slower." So, I did. And then our priest looked around and pointed at me and people applauded. Like I had done something extraordinary. Like I had said something brilliant....READ MORE