Wednesday, January 29, 2014


During the meditation on the Good Samaritan with a group of 6-9 year old children we thought about the idea that the Samaritan knew the beaten man was a Jew and an enemy. I asked, "Was it important to the Samaritan that the Jew was an enemy?"
"No," the children answered.
"What was important to him?"
Penelope, 7, immediately answered, "Life."

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Ursula, 8, had this to say about the tax collector: Maybe the tax collector stayed back because he was afraid. He'd been hated for so long, he couldn't admit he was any good.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Lovable in his heart

Dottie, age 8, during her reflection on the Publican and the Pharisee:
The tax collector was unlovable in his job, but lovable in his heart. The Pharisee was lovable in his job, but unlovable in his heart.

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Too Humble

In a discussion of the Pharisee and the Publican:
Catechist: I wonder why Jesus told this parable?
Dorothy: So no one would think he's BETTER than everyone else.
Katya: AND so no one would try to be TOO humble.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

God In Us

Darla's reflection on the Maxims in her 6-9 atrium:

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Pray for our persecutors

From Dan Teller's atrium:
In the 3-6 atrium, a foundation for living the moral life is prepared as the child enters into a personal and loving relationship with Jesus, our Guide and our Shepherd.  In the 6-9 atrium, this indirect preparation for moral formation leads to a more explicit emphasis on behavior in light of our call to follow Jesus. 
One way that we offer this to the children is through meditation on the “Maxims.”  The maxims are brief Scripture passages, mostly from the Gospels and particularly the Sermon on the Mount, that exhort us to live the life that Jesus calls us to live.

Recently, we were discussing two of the more difficult maxims:  “Love your enemies,” and “Pray for your persecutors.”  Two children's revealed their interior response with their comments:

Bradley (age 7) remarked on praying for our persecutors:  “We need to pray for our persecutors, because if they are persecuting us, then they won't be ready to enter the Kingdom of Heaven.”

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Don't waste your time trying to become rich or beautiful

Elizabeth's (age 12) written reflection on the Maxims:
What is life all about?
The sun comes up, the sun goes down.
The tide comes in, the tide goes down.
You wake up, you go to sleep.
Is life just a routine?
Our purpose in life is not to see who becomes the richest.
It is not to see who is the most beautiful.
But it is to serve the Lord and learn to love Him.
So don't waste your time trying to become rich or beautiful,
spend it on learning to love the Lord and serve him.

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Thank you for all the world

After the presentation of the Adoration of the Magi, as the class was leaving, Mira, 5,  came back to the material, which was still set up. She bowed at the waist and said, "Thank you, God, for all the riches." She turned to leave, then turned back, bowed again, and said, "Thank you, God, for all the world."

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

He is like the fire!

It was early Epiphany so we had the Advent Wreath with its four candles and the added white one in the center for the Christ candle. It was getting dark outside and in the semidarkened room I lit each of the candles announcing that the center candle was the Christ candle. The blaze of all five candles overcoming the darkness was rather spectacular - causing Branson, age 6, to jump up with arms flung wide open - almost like a dancing prophet. He joyfully proclaimed his sudden insight and awareness of the often heard phrase that Jesus is the Light of the world. He literally danced about saying:

"Now I know why we use a candle to represent Jesus. He is like the fire! He starts small in one place of the world and spreads all over the world growing greater and greater everywhere he goes. It's like a campfire - you start with one little match and it catches fire to htis enormous pile of wood and blazes into a huge bonfire."