Listening to God With Children: Essential Elements

We close the door of ourselves in order to keep out all that can disturb: movement, words, noise, so that we can make silence inside and pray. Quietude and silence allow us to reflect and listen to the Other so that we can take Him inside. We wish to help children to become conscious of the value of quietness and silence as a condition for responding to God.

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Listening to God With Children: Gianna Gobbi

The prayer of children has a special quality: it is silent and contemplative. The long silence of a small child, even less than one year, in front of a sunset or a bird flying in the sky, can be already a prayer.–Gianna Gobbi

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A Home for Your Spirit

If we want to prepare a home in which our child’s spirit can grow, we need to begin by preparing the environment within our own hearts. For this we need time, prayer, and the attitude of a scientist. Observe your child. Pray with your child. Listen to your child. Follow your child. Enjoy your child.

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Your Child’s Spiritual Nature

In the child there exists a hidden but profoundly spiritual nature that the child desires to live out. We adults can help the child reveal her true nature, but we need to be prepared for the task. “The eye sees that which the mind is prepared to comprehend” We can prepare our minds to see the child’s true nature, the treasure hidden within the child.

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Christmas: prepare less and enjoy it more.

Reduce the stress of preparing for Christmas, and enjoy the season more, by focusing less on gifts and decorations and more on the spirit of the season of Advent, waiting for Jesus the Light to be born anew in our hearts.

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Sacred Silence

You and your child need nothing more than each other to create sacred space. Sitting silently together will bring you closer to each other and to God.

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Sacred Space at Home

Anyone can create a sacred space at home, a place to pray and talk about Jesus. You don’t need special knowledge to wonder with your child about what the words of Jesus might mean.

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