At this past week’s Religious Education Congress in Los Angeles, I was drawn into a discussion about how well I was catechized as a teen. It wasn’t a perfect experience: we did not have a Catechism, like today’s teens, but we did have the Bible and books like Believing in Jesus. When I was a teen, I was not encouraged to attend teen Eucharistic Adorations, but I did attend prayer meetings and Bible studies. We did not wear rosary rings or bracelets, but we did wear wooden crucifixes and we covered our Bibles in burlap.
As the discussion progressed, I realized I was taught by my parents and my Catholic high school teachers to know and understand God’s holy Scripture.
Perhaps this is why I ended up with a career in Catholic book publishing?
In my opinion, each new generation of teen Catholics considers their parent’s faithfulness. Then, these teens, along with their teachers and youth ministers, develop newer ways of understanding and living the Church’s faith with new devotions, emphases and direction. I believe this is a normal part of a teen “capturing” the faith and making it their own faithful experience.
What was your experience of “capturing the faith” as a teen?