We invite you to enjoy the spirituality of the child through the children’s own artwork and prayers. A primary principle of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is:
The catechists live with the child a shared religious experience according to the teaching of the gospel: “Except you become as little children, you cannot enter the kingdom of God.” (Matthew 18:3)
The children’s spirituality enriches our own participation in this shared religious experience!
Prayers by Children
The work of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is not primarily a conveyance of information, but is first and foremost a springboard for the child to encounter God personally, directly, and vitally. The children’s responses give us glimpses into the working of the Holy Spirit in the hearts and lives of the children, through the opportunities that the Catechesis provides.
Click here for a collection of children’s verbal responses and prayers to atrium work and presentations.
Drawings by Children
Rite of Baptism:After working with the conferment of the light in the Rite of Baptism, an upper elementary student composed this original prayer to accompany his tracing of this moment in the rite.
Creation and My Place:In reflecting on the grandeur of creation, a second grader easily articulated her own particular place in the vastness of God’s kingdom. The “blank page” is the image used in the atrium to express our individual role in the history of the Kingdom of God.
Darkness and Light:A fifth graders personal reflection in Isaiah 30:19-20 O people of Zion, who dwell in Jerusalem, No more will you weep; He will be gracious to you when you cry out, As soon as he hears he will answer you. The Lord will give you the bread you need and the water for which you thirst. No longer will your Teacher hide himself, but with your own eyes you shall see your Teacher.
The Lost and Found ParablesAfter working with the parables of the Found Sheep, the Found Coin, and the Prodigal Son in Luke 15, a 9-year old wrote: In the parables the Prodigal Son, the Found Coin, and the Found Sheep something is lost and then found… In the Found Coin the woman looked every square inch of the house; and the last square inch had the coin. Jesus chose for that last square-inch to hold the coin. Think about what would happen if the woman found the coin immediately. If that happened there would be no rejoicing. The same thing would happen in the Lost Sheep. If the sheep returned immediately the shepherd would have not called out to all his friends and neighbors and rejoiced. And how about the Prodigal Son, if the son changed his mind and gave back the money the father would have only said, “Good.” I think Jesus chose to have the objects gone a long time so the rejoicing would be great.
Jesus in the Eucharist:Two third grade boys collaborated on this picture, which depicts their understanding of the presence of Christ in the Eucharist.
Jesus Loves Everybody:This profound drawing by a third-grade boy depicts Jesus as a priest, holding the Bible (Jesus’ presence in the Word) and a chalice (Jesus’ presence in the liturgy/Eucharist), animated by the Holy Spirit (the dove image on the priest’s chasuble).
Jesus No Beginning No End:A meditation on the mystery of the Holy Trinity by a kindergarten child. He wrote, “What I am thinking that how can Jesus can be God if God was born and Jesus has no beginning and no end.” He depicts God on the cross and Jesus as a smiling human figure with a large heart.
Liturgy of the Light:A 9- year old’s theological reflection following our Easter celebration, the Liturgy of Light (a para-liturgy based on the great Easter Vigil). The child drew this picture and wrote: “Liturgy of the Light. We celebrate the Liturgy of the Light because Jesus conquered death. It is the greatest feast of all. It is a really fun way to celebrate Jesus rising from the dead.” The Paschal Candle is a sign for Jesus, whom the child drew smiling directly behind the candle. The small lit candles are a sign for the spreading of Christ’s risen life to us, whom the child drew across the top of the picture.
Open Me Up:After just three weeks in the atrium, a third-grade student new to our school created this prayer.
The Precious Pearl”The kingdom of heaven is like a merchant searching for fine pearls. When he finds a pearl of great price, he goes and sells all that he had and buys it.” (Mt. 13: 45-46) A six-year old drew this picture after working with this parable. He said, “The merchant is praying to the pearl. The pearl is Jesus.”
Preface for Apostles:After working with a material about the “Preface” prayer in the Eucharistic Prayer at Mass, a fourth-grader copied and depicted the preface for the Mass for apostles.
Just For Us:Prayer by a second grader: “God is our Savior. He made us. Just for us. Think about it. Just for us. (verse 1) God gave his own son to us. Jesus. Jesus died for us. And then he rose. Think about it. (verse 2)”