Faith & Obstinancy

Sofia Cavalletti, theologian and author of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, wrote this for her funeral:

The Christian faith – it could be said – is an obstinate faith; each time it is confronted by death, it proclaims that death does not have the last word. And this is what we believe, what we affirm, and what we want to announce to the world, because we know that there has already been a first victory of life over death: in the Resurrection of Jesus Christ.

For me, a well grounded faith persists even in the midst of hardship. We have our joys to prepare us for a period of difficulty ahead, but know in the end joy will triumph. Sofia Cavalletti insisted that children come to God in a joyful way rather than the way illuminated in the Imitation of Christ. Guides, not teachers, present material to be worked upon by the adolescent. The continuation of this Way of Holy Joy has not been clearly delineated for the adolescent by Cavalletti, but based on adolescent research and discussion with the class theologian/philosopher, the focus of the three years will be Christ as Priest, Prophet, and King. The way is not yet clear, but "it is to such as these that the Kingdom of God belongs. Truly I tell you, whoever does not receive the Kingdom of God as a little child will never enter it."(Luke 18:16; Matthew 19:13; Mark 10:13)


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