We continue our Journey towards First Reconciliation – our lesson design for this week: to create a space along with prompts for the children to discover and articulate the best version of myself.
As the lesson unfolded they examined and discussed the many ways that kids their age exercise their free will. Some of their responses: “doing your homework, or not doing your work and telling your teacher your dog ate your homework.” “Doing what your parents ask you to do.” “When you’re nice to your sister or little brother.” After ten minutes of engaging conversation it became evident, they get it – the art of decision making and using your free will. We continue on our journey towards first Reconciliation.
The take-away: illustrating and personalizing a Best Version of Myself Blessing card. The messenger, the child being sent to share his / her blessing with family.
I am blessed. One of the greatest blessing God has given me is to be able to make choices. Each time I make a choice, God hopes that I will choose what is good and right, and what will help me to become the best-version-of-myself. I am my best when I choose:
An insight into the sacramental process with children: through the sharing of their hopes and dreams they develop into the best version of themselves.
Stay tune as we continue laying stepping stones on our journey towards first Reconciliation. Last week the children were introduced to the basic fundamentals of conscience formation: choices, decision making, free will, the 10 Commandments and the Greatest Commandment.
Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself. All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” Matthew 22:36-40
More stepping stones to lay as the children continue developing their understanding of free will, making choices, differentiating between accident, mistake and sin. Our task as catechists: to cultivate spaces and maximize teachable moments for children to develop their moral compass to be the best version of themselves.
Much more to come…let’s keep our children and their parents in our prayers.