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Kerygma and Joy

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.

Norma
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One of the fist presentations with Sacred Scriptures is the Good Shepherd, when time came I presented to the children, and I ask "How would the Good Sheperd be?" and everybody as a reflex answerd "Jesus", "and who are the sheep?" dead silence. Then I presented, The Found Sheep, then again: "How is the Good Shepherd? Jesus and who are the sheep?" Silence.  Then I presented the Eucharistic Presence, then I asked "who could the sheep be?" Imediatelly Miguel age 5 said "US", as I'm looking at him I could see a sense of satisfaction and joy in him.  Then I presented Psalm 23rd, and  when I asked "Who remembers who are the sheep? Zuleika age 5 said "we are the Hebrew sheep" I could not belive my ears but at the same time I try not to lough, not only did she rememberd we are the sheep, but also she connected it to the Old Testament.

catherine
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Who are the sheep?

Children are so good at connecting things. This is one reason why they grasp multiple meanings of parables. Their mind is literally more "elastic" than the adult mind and they can make connections that adults may not. So connecting the Good Shepherd with the Eucharist and also the Old Testament is quite appropriate. When we ask a question like "Who are the sheep?" we may help the child to begin to consider this. But there is no hurry to finding an answer. Over the next days and weeks and months they may discover not one but several ways to answer a question.

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