“Tell me about God” | daily mail

The Catechism of Notre Dame de Ville originated many years ago in France in a kindergarten near Avignon. Teachers belonging to this community viewed a sense of God in children as young as four or five years old.
Can children as young as four really connect with God? Can they really understand something of the secret of his love? The answer is undoubtedly yes and is based on the long experience of many teachers and educators. At that time they were all encouraged by Father Maria Eugen, founder of Notre-Dame de Vie: children are ‘God-mighty’. Knowing and loving God is the essential experience that must be possible for them.

Even young children learn about God

The Apostolic Exhortation Catechesi Tradendae on Catechism in our Time confirms the Father’s intuition: decisive is the time when “the infant “receives from his parents the first elements of catechesis, which reveal to him the heavenly Father in his goodness, and learns to turn his heart to her. Through very short prayers, he learns to Stuttering in it, he begins a loving conversation with the hidden God, who will hear his word later. Children can learn about the truth and love of God from an early age. When they are very young, they should have the opportunity to live with God and enter into a lively relationship with Him.

The child experiences God’s love through the parents

Between the ages of zero and three, the love that pervades the family comes first. The child lives near his parents and they feel their love for each other and their love for him. A child cannot yet consciously place himself in the presence of God, but his parents can do so and pray for him. A mother who has a relationship with God, unknowingly, directs her child towards Him. Great things happen in the unseen. A child who sees his parents praying will inevitably be drawn to God. The Catechism of Notre Dame de Ville wants to lead the child into a living relationship with Jesus. Does the child already have the means to do this?

By the grace of baptism, a child is “God-powerful”

The grace that makes the encounter with God possible is participation in the life of God. This grace is the great gift that God gives us in baptism that we often forget. This grace is to grow like a seed that opens and bears fruit. On this grace we lean when we talk to the child about God. Therefore we do not turn to the mind of the child as much as we turn to the Holy Spirit himself; He’s been working since we accepted him in baptism.

Satisfy the child’s curiosity

Between the ages of three and six, a child lives in a particularly favorable period of his life. His openness and acceptance is his great wealth. The child absorbs everything. His mind is opening up, his will is stronger, he is curious and wants to know everything. A child grows on a human level and so we must also give him what he needs in his spiritual life. The child places no obstacle between himself and God, at this age there is generally no voluntary rejection.

Support prayer with songs, games and crafts

From the age of four or five, you can impart true knowledge of God, knowledge that is always accompanied by prayer. In different lessons that combine the word of God, hymns, games and crafts, the child gradually discovers the secret of God in the Three Persons. The first stage is revelation from God the Father. Children discover that God is the Creator, love and life. The second stage is the discovery of Jesus, the Son of God, who reveals to us the Father and leads us to Him. The third stage is dedicated to the Holy Spirit, the love between the Father and the Son. It is the Spirit that Jesus sent us and that dwells in our hearts. Mary is always there, like a mother who watches and helps spiritual growth. If this catechism turns into a school of prayer, it can pass from the head to the heart of children and thus change their lives.
Practical tip: We created a prayer corner at home with a beautiful picture of Jesus and Mary.

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