That’s where these final moments of summer find us all – just hoping for “once more around the park” before the fall semester begins.
Actually I wonder if the reason Sally was so reluctant to go to school is because the teachers in those Peanuts cartoons are always so hard to understand (“Wah wah wah wah wah”).
I often greet the children at the bus drop-off as they are arriving to school in the morning and, from my perspective, the children at Nativity of Mary generally seem very happy to be coming to school. French author Alfred Mercier once wrote, “What we learn with pleasure we never forget.” So what a difference it makes when a child enjoys learning.
What a difference it makes too when a child enjoys God. We teach our children to listen to God, to obey God, to honor God, to give to God, but shouldn’t we be doing more to help our children truly to enjoy God?
Google “enjoy God” and most of the search results will include an apostrophe “s” – that is, they will remind you to enjoy “God’s blessings” or “God’s gifts” to us. How much purer and more joyful is the heart that simply enjoys God and delights in the loveliness and sweetness of the divine nature.
Here at Nativity of Mary we are beginning the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd for younger children in our parish and school. The approach of Catechesis of the Good is not to teach children about God but to let them experience God. The goal actually is for the adult to draw back and to give the child space to explore, to sense, to contemplate, and to enjoy God. Leaders recognize their job is not to introduce the child to God but to recognize that this child already has a deep relationship with God – and that the child simply needs the time, space, and language to let that relationship with their loving Creator grow and deepen.
Contact the parish to register your child or to find out more about Catechesis of the Good Shepherd. As we begin a new school year we know that God is doing something new among us. God is always doing something new. Thus may we be renewed – and maybe begin simply to just enjoy God.