Read the article 'Fr Rob Galea’s long road home' and answer the following questions. Then share your answers in pairs, small groups or in a classroom discussion.
1. Fr Rob Galea performs for large crowds, writes music and is even working on a book and a screenplay. But how is he different than other artists who are looking to make money and gain fame?
2. He quit The X-Factor because he missed his parish work so much. Why do you think parish work would be more appealing to Fr Rob than being on a national TV show?
3. Fr Rob doesn't watch TV because he doesn't want to waste time. How do you waste time? How does this get in the way of you being of service to God and others?
4. Shrugging off fame, Fr Rob says he is happiest as a priest and he isn't interested in celebrity life. He likes performing but would prefer to remain unrecognisable. Why do you think being a priest would be a happier life than being a celebrity?
5. Fr Rob uses his musical gifts to bring people to God. How could God use your talents to reach others?
1. Live intentionally: Fr Rob plans his day down to the minute. He says, 'I am so disciplined in a sense because I’d rather be organised and allow for spontaneity than depend on spontaneity and waste a God-given opportunity, and I want to be a good steward of what God has given me from my time, from my energy, from my health to my influence as well. I don’t want to take anything for granted.'
a. Now, reflect on your own God-given talents and the opportunities you have been given.
b. How are you using your talents to serve God?
c. Are you a good steward of the gifts God has given you?
d. Are you wasting any God-given opportunities?
Take out a piece of paper and plan tomorrow or the rest of the week. How could you use your time to maximise the use of your God-given talents? How could you not waste any of the opportunities God has given you? What are some time-wasting activities that you could give up, so you could focus more on using your talents to serve God?
2. A Fr Rob Galea school visit: Fr Rob travels to schools across Australia and the world. Why not talk to your teacher or principal to see if you could invite Fr Rob for a visit! Learn more at http://www.frrobgalea.com/frgministry/.
3. Discover the priest behind the music: Teachers play a few of Fr Rob Galea's songs for your class. After the students have listened to Fr Rob's music, ask them to reflect on what they've heard.
a. What did they learn about Fr Rob's faith through his music?
b. Did one or more of the songs show them a different way to see God? How?
c. How do they think music can deepen or transform a person's relationship with God?
For younger students
Your talents: Draw a really large picture of yourself. On the inside illustrate or write your God-given talents and how they can serve God and others.
When you're finished, share your work with your class.