Sunday, April 28, 2013
Diana, 5, and another child were receiving the presentation on the Parable of the Hidden Treasure. Following the reading and meditation questions, I invited the girls to pray. Diana's prayer was, " Thank you God for the treasure you buried . . . (pause) . . . when Jesus died."
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
After the presentation of the Cenacle, a work that tells the story of the Last Supper, Damian, 7, remarked, "I know why they put lots of candles on the altar in church. Because the world is dark and when the Light comes, there is Life."
Sunday, April 21, 2013
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Sunday, April 14, 2013
Peter, 5, had asked the catechist to light the candles on the altar after he had set it. The catechist lit the first candle and said,"Christ has died." She lit the second candle, and said, "Christ is risen." Peter immediately snuffed the first candle and said, "He's not dead." He left the second candle burning.
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
This is the song sung by Quinn, age 6, as he worked setting up the model altar in the atrium:
Jeeesus, in the Bread and wineJeeesus, in the Bread and wineBad guys put him on the crooooossand he diedbut he got new lifeand he will always be with uswe will never walk alone
His catechist's impressions: This song is a lovely synthesis of Good Shepherd parable and an understanding of the paschal mystery. Quinn sang with great joy, not fear or sadness.
Sunday, April 7, 2013
During a celebration of the Liturgy of the Light, each child receive a lit candle, and hears the words, "Receive the light of Christ.
Lori, 4, looked frightened as she gazed into her lit candle. I asked if she was scared of the fire. She nodded yes without blinking or taking her eyes off of the flame. I asked if she wanted to blow her candle out. With equal intensity she shook her head no. Lori was experiencing deeply the power of the mystery; innately she knew that this power was greater than her fear.
Wednesday, April 3, 2013
Elijah, age 4, has leukemia. He was receiving a lesson on the Women at the Tomb, in which Mary and Mary Magdalene come to Jesus' tomb and discover it is empty, and are told by an angel that Jesus has risen. At the beginning of the presentation, Elijah said, "I'm dying." Later while working, a catechist said that the women were afraid. He leaned over and said, "I'm not afraid."