May God be with you!
Another year of teaching Sacramental Prep has drawn to a close. It is truly a new beginning for these little Tabernacles these 1st Communicants. They will now receive the True Food, the Bread of Life, our Lord Jesus, Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity at every Mass! A parents influence from now to their next great Sacrament of Confirmation is so important! I thank all parents for bringing their children to Christ in the Eucharist! And my thanks also for loving them so much and supporting them in their faith and love for God!
It is also the ending of my time as their teacher. I’ve planted what seeds I could. Here are some of those seeds…
- Rock, Sponge, Water: How is their soul like a Rock before confession, a sponge after confession and how is water like the Grace of God in Confession.
- Who does God especially love and why?
- How do we first greet God in Prayer? (the Sign of the Cross)
- Who is always so happy to see them in the Adoration Chapel? And YOU too!
I like to end my time with the children with, if not a bang, at least an explosion! This is my teaching on the Trinity. The children loved it!
Understanding the Trinity
1 cup of white vinegar (represents God the Father)
1 cup of baking soda (in a glass or plastic container) (Represents God the Son)
(this is best done outside!)
God is three Persons in one God: God the Father who began all of creation, God the Son who came to save us and God the Holy Spirit who is here to help us and give us grace within us.
Their relationship is all about love; a special kind of love sometimes called self-donating love. This means that NOTHING is held back. Everything there is to give is given freely, totally!
So God the Father (represented by the clear vinegar) loves God the Son totally and pours out all of His love to His Son. God the Son (represented by the baking soda which we can see and feel) loves God the Father totally and pours out all of His love to His Father. Their love for each other is so total that the outpouring of that love is the Holy Spirit! (now pour the vinegar INTO the baking soda and see what happens)
While we cannot totally know everything to know about God, sometimes these simple methods help our children (and the child within us!) to know Him and love Him more!
God bless you all!
PS. The children this year have had some very wonderful questions about our faith. Listed below are some website I frequent to expand my own knowledge.
www.usccb.org – has the bible and the catechism online.
www.deathroe.com – great pro-life answers to pro-abortion arguments!