On Using Montessori Methods to Teach Liturgy and Doctrine

While reading Sofia Cavalletti’s Teaching Doctrine and Liturgy, I ran across this profound paragraph.  Saving it here will give me a chance to mull it over.  Though others don’t see a way to combine Montessori and Mason methods, I tend to see a relationship that suggests the possibility of a balancing sort of friendship.  We’ve seen this at home over the years.  Why not within the Sunday School setting?  Hence, my second (or, is it third?) review of Catechesis of the Good Shepherd resources.  This study is part of an inner challenge to “map out” a combination of the two methods in order to create a beautifully calming form of instruction.

Let the little children bring their parents to Jesus!

“The success of this program was not limited to the children alone, who were delighted by the unfolding marvels of the liturgy and by the words of the Gospel, thus revealing the potential treasures hidden in their hearts; it impressed also the parents.  These, faced  with the expression of the ingenuous but serious and profound faith of their children, became disturbed at their own tepidity and sometimes at their ignorance in matters of faith.  They asked for help, anxious to cooperate in the full religious education of their children.”

Bonhoeffer’s Prayer from Tegel Prison

O God, early in the morning I cry to you.
Help me to pray and gather my thoughts to you, I cannot do it alone.
In me it is dark, but with you there is light;
I am lonely, but you do not desert me;
My courage fails me, but with you there is help;
I am restless, but with you there is peace;
in me there is bitterness, but with you there is patience;
I do not understand your ways, but you know the way for me.
Father in Heaven praise and thanks be to you for the night. Amen

 

This is just one of the daily prayers found at the Holy Families Initiative! website.  Our family will join in the celebration of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation throughout 2017.  Check out this Initiative of the NALC and join us!