Called to Teach: Daily Inspiration for Catholic Educators

Ave Maria Press has released a new book by Church Life contributor and STEP student, Justin McClain entitled Called to Teach: Daily Inspiration for Catholic Educators. Whether one is teaching theology, English, or religious education at the local parish, this book of daily reflections based around the Scriptures will be an important resource for nurturing the identity of the religious educator. There is an entry for each date of the year (but never linked with a particular day of the week). In this sense, you can order this resource and use it for years to come.

Here is a sample entry for tomorrow:

September 1

The Lord is slow to anger, yet great in power. 

God's limitless power means that he can do as he sees fit. There is no supreme legislation to counteract his will (despite the occasional effort by some more misguided human institutions). There is no higher sovereignty to which he must report. It is reasonably within our human nature to suspect that such unchecked power would entail God to wield his potency. Yet, how does God use his power? Simply, he loves us. His 'slow[ness] to anger' indicates his compassion and that he has our best interest at heart. God's position does not imply that he is somehow ignorant of what he has expected of us; after all, he calls us to strive constantly to be holier and thus closer to him. In imitation of the Lord, the Catholic school teacher should recall that the power of our position is fulfilled in being protective and nurturing. We should never take advantage of our responsibilities in serving the kingdom of God. Strive to make daily efforts to reflect on how you can further respect the Lord's power (while not 'speeding up' his anger).

You can read more of Justin McClain's writing at



Timothy P. O’Malley

Timothy P. O’Malley is the director of the Notre Dame Center for Liturgy, associate professional specialist in the department of theology at the University of Notre Dame, and founding editor of Church Life Journal.

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