December 15, 2019 Bulletin

Dear Friends in Christ,

     In Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (CGS) we often quote the beautiful response of the Missionaries of Charity when they were asked why they chose to implement CGS in their homes and in the formation of their sisters. “Because of the element of contemplation."  In the atrium, we don’t tell children it’s time to contemplate scripture or make them sit in silence.  We proclaim the word to them and give them time and materials in order to go deeper. Sometimes it will happen that a whole atrium will fall into a concentrated silence, and the catechists look at each other and sit down carefully and quietly so as not to break it!  Other times, the children seem to "take turns" at being absorbed in thought, while others give the catechists a run for their money.  But ultimately when given this time over many weeks we see the fruit of this work and what joy it brings to the child deepening their relationship with God.

     This time of year is so busy with activities, gatherings, and running that sometimes we forget to take a deep breath and truly see the beauty Advent provides to us.  As we enter the 3rd week of Advent, the week of joy, I encourage you to take time to slow down, read the scriptures, allow yourself time to contemplate what the Lord is speaking to you, and truly become like a child with joy in anticipation of the birth of Christ.

                                             ~ Tracy Miller, Co-coordinator, Preschool-6th grade Religious Education