Our third issue of ECHOES was titled "Faces of Joy" - a topic that never loses its importance in the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd. The lead article from this issue is attached.
In addition this conversation with a three-year-old, told by his mother, has made its way into The Good Shepherd and the Child, the 2005 Journal of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, and the Sofia Cavalletti Commemorative Journal:
With their four children, she and her husband, when his firefighter's shift permitted, would gather in the evening for a little quiet time and prayer...For the few previous evenings the fmaily had been speaking together about the Good Shepherd. The older children joind in, relishing how the Good Shepherd knows and calls them by name. But mark said nothing.
Afterwards the children went to bed. Following their familiar routine, as she tucked them in the mother would exchange a few words with each of her children. When she was settling Mark into bed, she whispered to him, "The Good Shepherd loves you and he calls you by your name." "No he doesn't," Mark replied.
Not knowing what to say to this, the mother stayed silent. Then Mark spoke again, "He doesn't call me Mark. He calls me 'Joy'" ("Introduction", Patricia Coulter, The Good Shepherd and the Child, 2nd edition, 2013.)
Read "Faces of Joy" and join the forum with your comments, anecdotes from the children, wisdom on nurturing and recognizing joy in the atrium, and questions.