Blessing Children and Teaching Adults

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Blessing Children and Teaching Adults

 

Last week we observed Catechetical Sunday at the 9:30 Mass. There we commissioned catechists for the work of selflessly and generously helping parents in passing on the faith to their children.

But, if we’re honest, there is a whole other group of students to teach and catechized – we adults. Adult education, or faith formation, may even be more important than the education of our young. As some people point out, in the Gospel Jesus blesses children, but teaches adults. The hope is that adults well-formed in the faith hand on what they have received.

In our day, parents can be heard to say with some honesty and regret that they feel inadequate when it comes to helping their children learn about their faith. Because they are parents they are eminently qualified, but nonetheless, it does require some effort.

We’re all so busy with family life and legitimate work responsibilities, that asking for regular time commitments even to learning about the Lord and our faith can be met with an exasperated sigh.

With all of this in mind, here are some suggestions (from a bulletin a couple of years ago). Opportunities abound in many online universities, colleges, and institutes that have come into existence in recent years. This “distance learning” offers flexibility for the most part, for people to study at their own pace and according to their own schedules.

The interested person can take random courses of interest, pursue a certificate in a specific area of study, or even obtain an undergraduate or graduate degree. Be advised, not all sites advertised as “Catholic” are of the same quality. So here are a few of the best of the best.

 

Catholic Distance University (http://www.cdu.edu/)

CDU is one of the most senior distance learning centers. Accredited by the U.S. Bishops, it offers a wonderfully varied selection of courses, and has been designated a “Yellow Ribbon School”. Such schools team with the Department of Veterans Affairs, so that qualified veterans and their dependents may have free access to the program. A wide variety of courses allow for electronic interaction with professors and students in semester long classes, three-week seminars, and independent study.

 

International Catholic University (http://icucourses.com/) ICU offers more a series of lectures rather than courses, something that may be attractive to people with less time to devote to more intensive study. They self-describe ICU as growing “out of the thought that, if one gathered the leading Catholic scholars onto one campus, the ideal of the Catholic university could be realized in a quince.”

 

St. Augustine Institute (http://augustineinstitute.org) describes itself as using “modern media technology to impart ancient wisdom….Distance students watch the same lectures as our on-campus students and participate in discussions with them and with our faculty.

Formed (https://formed.org/) A wonderful site offered by the Augustine Institute, that’s full of video’s for adults and children, including movies, documentaries, lectures, etc. It’s the Catholic Netflix. Login for free with our parish code: XDF38V

 

Maryvale Institute (www.maryvale.ac.uk) is a distance learning program in England with the same kind of electronic resources and availability for interaction with professors similar to CDU and St. Augustine institute.

 

 

 

 

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