THE GLORY OF THE CATECHIST
There is a tradition, rooted in Sacred Scripture, which tells of a special glory reserved for virgins (see Rev. 14:4), martyrs (see Mt. 5:11-12), and teachers of the Faith (Dan. 12:3: “. . . those who instruct many in virtue will shine as brightly as stars for all eternity;” Mt. 5:19 “. . . whoever teaches [the commandments] will be called great in the Kingdom of Heaven”). What catechist could fail to be humbled by such a promise? What catechist could fail to be exalted by such a prospect?
But, we might well ask, “Why catechists?” among the elite company of virgins and martyrs . . . . . St. Thomas explains that virgins are honored for their victory over the flesh, martyrs for their victory over the world, and teachers of the Faith for their victory over the devil, the father of lies. If the virgin is a champion of Love and the martyr a champion of Endurance, the catechist is a champion of Truth. The Father’s Endurance, the Son’s Truth, and the Spirit’s Love – these are the well-springs of the Church’s ministry – in which the catechist holds the central place.
Michael Leary, The Glory of the Catechist