Mercy is one of the Christian life skills every catechumen must learn. That is exactly what the RCIA means when it says, “Since the Church’s life is apostolic, catechumens should also learn how to work actively with others to spread the Gospel and build up the Church by the witness of their lives and by professing their faith” (75.4).
Pope Francis tells us, “The Church’s very credibility is seen in how she shows merciful and compassionate love” (Announcement of the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy, 10). Catechumens have to learn how to be the face of mercy for everyone they meet. It is this abundant mercy that gives people the courage to hope.
Special guest: Bill Huebsch
Bill Huebsch worked for many years as a Director of Religious Education and a diocesan administrator in Minnesota. He is the director of PastoralPlanning.com and its online Vatican II Center.
He has published more than a dozen books, plus numerous articles, manuals, and screenplays, and maintains a busy international lecture and teaching schedule. One of his most recent works is The Medicine of Mercy – Pastoral Planning Guide for the Jubilee Year.
For this webinar, we have asked faith-formation expert Bill Huebsch to guide us through Pope Francis’s teaching on mercy and how that applies to our catechumens. We are going to ask Bill to discuss:
- Why is the pope focusing so heavily on mercy?
- How does the pope define mercy, particularly as it applies to the lives of catechumens?
- How do we teach the catechumens to be merciful?
- What result is the pope expecting from the Year of Mercy? What should we expect of our catechumens?
This webinar originally aired on November 12, 2015. The full video/audio recording includes a downloadable handout and recommended resources.
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