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Music of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd

Music has a very important place in the prayer of children and life in the CGS atrium. To encourage the use of good music and lyrics, Treehaus Communications, musicians in Nashville, and catechist/formation leader Catherine Maresca created Sing With Joy and Songs of Love, two books with a CD of age- and theme-appropriate music for the atrium. For CGS Course Leaders, we want to help you bring good music to your courses. We would like to offer the following music in PDF files for free download.

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Godly Play vs. the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd

For several years two methods of religious education that use a Montessori method of teaching have been available to Christian Educators. These programs are Catechesis of the Good Shepherd and Godly Play. Due to the similarities in the way material is presented to children, Christian Educators often ask what is the difference between the two? My purpose in writing this paper is to outline some differences between Godly Play and Catechesis of the Good Shepherd

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Sewanee Theological Review

Article by Catherine Maresca exploring Children and Theology

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Sewanee Theological Review

Article by Catherine Maresca exploring A Curriculum for Young Children

Sewanee Theological Review is published by The University of the South's School of Theology in Sewanee, Tennessee. The quarterly publication is one of the most important contemporary journals of theological reflection. Catherine Maresca, director of the Center for Children and Theology, was invited to publish articles in STR in their Michaelmas 2005 issue, exploring Children and the Kingdom: Education and Formation. Catherine's article, A Curriculum for Young Children: Catechesis of the Good Shepherd.

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Differing Theological Foundations in Godly Play and the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd

by Fr. Robert J. Gaestel

Two methods of religious education that use the Montessori method of teaching are available to Christian educators--Godly Play and the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd. Due to similarities in the way materials are presented to children, Christian educators often ask of the differences between the two. While their methodology is similar, the two programs have very different theological foundations.

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ECHOES Complete Digital Collection
Price $60 NOW ON SALE $50

Use ECHOES as a tool for sharing the rich spirituality of the child, complement course discussions, and deepen your congregation's understanding of CGS.

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Children and Eucharist
in the Roman Catholic and Anglican traditons

"Children and Eucharist" explores the history of welcoming children to the Eucharist in the Catholic and Anglican communions. Receiving the Eucharist has been connected at various times in history to Baptism, Confirmation and/or Reconciliation for both children and adults. These practices are connected to practical, political, pastoral or theological considerations. Ann Garrido carefully traces how these practices have played out for children in the Catholic Church.

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Where Was God? Spiritual Questions of Sexually Abused Children

When we address the spirituality of childhood, we are confronted with the tragic reality that at least one in four girls and one in five boys in America experience sexual abuse during childhood. Basic trust has been broken in childhood sexual trauma, invoking questions such as, “How can God be there?. Hughes relates places within the Christian tradition that offered her doorways into faith and healing.

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The Child as Mystic

Sofia Cavalletti, biblical schlolar and founder of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, noticed that the child possesses a mysterious knowledge of God. This is the hallmark of the mystic as well. In fact the mystic and the child's religious experiences share many of the same attributes. This paper examines the parallels.

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I Treasure Your Word in My Heart

Within the covenant relationship which is foundational to the Judeo-Christian tradition, the voice that calls by name is also the voice that gives aids for remaining in joyful relationship with God and neighbor. The maxims are one such aid, and heir tablet shape mirrors the sign of the covenant: the Law. Part One of this paper looks at the essential elements of the Law as background for greater appreciation of the maxims as part of the long history of covenantal life. Part Two looks at the maxims within the context of the Sermon on the Mount in Matthew’s gospel, for the Matthean Jesus is primarily a teacher of Law.

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The Foundation of the Human Being

Dr. Silvana Montanaro provides much food for thought about how a child’s first years after birth are so important for the foundation of the human being. Offering five practical and free ideas to make the most of these critical years, she reminds us of the importance of protecting and defending the child’s great inner powers.

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The Lord's Prayer as Jewish Prayer

In the Gospels, Jesus the rabbi regularly teaches Jewish prayer. In Mark 12:29 Jesus proclaims, "Shema Yisrael - Know with every fiber of your being that God is All there is." What then did it mean for Jesus to say the Lord's Prayer as a Jew?

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Sittin' in the Lap of God

This paper flows from Genelda's studies with the Shalem Institute in spiritual direction and her observation of and work with young children. With anecdotes of children from infancy through age six, Genelda considers children's inherent relationship with God and the gift of that relationship for the adults in their community.

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Backdoor to Liturgy

This paper is an account of the author's work of incorporating the rich liturgical presentations of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd for 3-6 year old children into her atrium in a non-liturgical setting. Her tradition as a charismatic Protestant is centered in the Bible and so her assumption as she learned the Catechesis was that the liturgical work would not be part of her atrium. But her experience of the liturgical presentations was so fruitful that she began to consider their use in her own setting. 

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The Child As Parable

Dr. Cavalletti explores the synoptic texts where Jesus presents a child as a sign of the greatest in the kingdom of God. He is preparing the disciples for his death and resurrection, yet they are concerned with who will be the greatest. Jesus identifies himself with a child, who is simultaneously both the least and the greatest. The child is a model of discipleship and a sign of Christ. We are invited to embrace the weakness of the child, the weakness of the crucifixion, in order to allow the power of God to reach perfection (2 Cor. 12,9). 

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Prenatal and Perinatal Foundations of Moral Development

Drawing upon an impressive body of writing and published research in the area of prenatal and perinatal psychology, the author here presents her own thoughts about the critical importance of the prenatal and perinatal period as foundational for the later moral development and behavior of the person. She argues that any design for moral education must take this early period into account.

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