By Mary Lou Rosien
This past year I discovered that some of my students were suffering significant crisis in their families. One had lost a grandparent, another had a family member on trial for a horrific crime, still another’s parents were in the middle of a divorce.
As catechists we have a dual role in our faith formation classrooms. We teach, yes, but we also listen and provide support to our students and their families.
We must tread carefully in the murky waters of being involved in some one else’s life. We must have compassion and love for our students and yet not overstep our boundaries.
When a child confides a serious crisis to us, there are certain guidelines that would be helpful to consider:
*We have a moral responsibility to assist children to seek help. If you have a concern about an abuse issue, you should first discuss it with the faith formation director at your parish and then talk to the appropriate person at your diocese.
Mary Lou Rosien has experience crisis management as a former hospital social worker and mom of seven children. She is the author of Managing Stress with the Help of your Catholic Faith (OSV Publishing).
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