I have been taking courses to earn a Master’s Degree in Religious Education for the past two and a half years now. It is not an easy program and it requires many hours of dedication. I read and interpert, answer indepth questions, pray, go to classes, and write long indepth research papers at the end of each course. I really did not realize the extent of how much time this program would take from my life. However, as a former mentor of mine once said, “you can never make a mistake with education. Education is always an investment worth making.” He was right. I am learning so much more than I ever thought possible. I turn around and teach my students what I am learning. What I learn is more than history, and theories. It is taking the Catholic Religion, the Paschal Mystery, the sacraments, and all the traditions out of a building and applying them to every day life, meeting people where they are and welcoming them into a relationship with God.
It does take time, dedication, and hours that I would rather be spending with my family. My family knows how much I value this education. Honestly, the reason I began this program was to have the credintials to become a teacher and to work professionally within the church. Now, it has made me aware of different perspectives, deepened my understanding, and challenged my faith. I still have two more years before I will graduate but every session I learn more. It doesn’t matter how old you are education is always an investment, a tool to grow, and a way to mature.