“Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.” ~Luke 18:17
Children have unique experiences and understandings of God, and these understandings change as children grow and develop. What’s more, the joy and sense of communion that children feel with God can be nurtured and encouraged; in fact, beginning spiritual formation at a very young age can ensure that children grow up with a deep sense of the benevolence and closeness of a loving God. We as adults can learn — or relearn — a great deal from children’s spirituality.
This course is a fascinating look at how children’s spirituality begins and changes according to identifiable developmental stages. The research and wisdom that Catherine Maresca collects and shares in these lessons can benefit parents, children’s ministers, and anyone who longs to recapture a childlike joy and connection to God.
Catherine Maresca is the director of the Center for Children and Theology, which publishes resources and research related to the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd.