I listen to you, Small guide to transmit the faith between the generations,
by Agnes Charlemagne,
Editions Crer Bayard, 192 p., € 14.90
What transmission of the faith today? Parents, grandparents, educators are often distraught at the impression that the message “does not pass” and facing a wall, formed by their teenagers, hermetic to the dogmas of faith. A transmission crisis, really? And yet, underlines Agnès Charlemagne (1), the “ young people’s spiritual thirst is abysmal ”, As shown by the Taizé rallies or the craze for meditation of generations who have received no religious education.
«How did this mysterious transmission of the faith come about?wonders the Dominican Adrien Candiard, in the preamble to the book.It is impossible for me to say. How did I receive this good news of God’s love in me? Is it by a striking word, a colorful page of the manual, the benevolent smile of a catechist? I do not have the faintest idea. »
It all starts with listening
Catechist, then assistant in school pastoral care in a Catholic establishment in Marseille, the city in which she trained at the Institute of Science and Theology of Religions, Agnès Charlemagne was largely inspired by Montessori pedagogy, from which her three benefited children, to enter into conversation with the youngest on questions of faith. With a conviction: it all starts with listening, and, for that, by knowing how to be silent. From there, she developed a method, with which she trains pastoral workers across France, and which she exposes in this guide intended for adults anxious to share their faith with the youngest. Make the young actor of the dialogue, seek with him, accept to be moved by this meeting, then “advance in deep water”, welcome “the unveiling of the Word” of God … all these tracks are supplemented by exercises so that adults and children become partners in faith.