Long ago, a wise man said, "The moral universe rests upon the breath of schoolchildren."
a parent, teacher and writer, I frequently read stories to children.
Even very young children are capable of opening their amazing minds and
great hearts to the world, its challenges and joys. I write stories to give children and their grown-ups this opportunity.
Happy February! The natural light is slowly returning. It is appropriate we should observe both Candlemas (February 2) and St. Blaise (February 3) as the month opens. Themes of light and candles coming together! Have you ever had your throat blessed for the feast of St. Blaise? Two unlit candles, tied with a ribbon so the candles take on the form of the letter Y, are placed around a person's neck, almost resting on the shoulders. A prayer is then said asking for health. I found this very intriguing as a child, and knew the story behind it: St. Blaise saved a child who was choking.
A free study and action packet entitled "Detained but Loved" can be accessed here. Learn about the hundreds of unaccompanied migrating children being held in detention centers in El Paso, TX. There parishioners of St. Pius X parish reach out to these children. This project helps children and adults understand the situation and learn different ways to respond. It is very flexible and can be used with a wide age range and in variety of settings (home, classroom, parish gatherings, etc.)