Bishop Paul,

A few of my colleagues and I are struggling with how to teach our students about our trinitarian God and the traditions of the church without simply learning the motions.  We want them to internalize the words they are saying.  Do you have any suggestions about how we can teach our students the importance of the words they are saying or the tradtions they are participating in?
K and colleagues

Hi  K, (and colleagues)

I think that this reply to a similar question  from a few days ago might be helpful.  (See A Trinitarian God below.)

Also, I can add that for sure, children (nor anyone) should not approach the Trinity from a purely intellectual   perspective. If they do that, they are  left only contradictions.

Rather, as already stated in the ‘forward’, children have to approach the question of the Trinity from a perspective of faith and trust in Jesus Christ.

I realize that curriculum is for the collectivity whereas, faith is personal and I can only feel for you teachers in catholic schools where often students do not have a personal faith background.

Maybe, it would facilitate things for the whole class, to state simply but in non-accusatory manner, that the Trinity, like the miracles of Jesus, presupposes faith in the person of Jesus as risen Lord. In today’s social climate it should not be a surprise to anyone that not everyone(even in Catholic schools) has faith in Jesus as our risen Lord.

For sure there is a very interesting theology of the Trinity but in catechism or religious education if we do not want to study it like we would chemistry or Viking mythology, then it has to be approached from and in faith.

Let me say again, that it is encouraged for me as bishop that you teachers are concerned about this. And I would be happy to have a meeting with you teachers and/or your classes to support you with what is really a faith issue as well as a technical catechetics issue.

Thank you and blessings,

+bishop Paul