|Atrium Mommies + Their Children + A New Friend|
Since the moms are here when lessons are presented, they absorb the same catechesis as the children. For some of us, who were raised on the "Glitter Jesus" curriculum of the seventies, these simple, profound lessons are timely. We are SO ready to listen to God's Word! We are hungry for the essential lessons of our faith. We are grateful to meet other mommies seeking the same.
I noticed early on in my training as a catechist that the same transformation I was hoping to see in my young students was taking place in myself and in my fellow classmates. I saw the same joy and wonder on our wrinkled faces that the children have on their fresh, innocent faces! I saw it when we realized the Good Shepherd calls us EACH by NAME, when lighting those small candles from the Pascal Candle and proclaiming, "Emily, receive the light of Christ," and, "Joseph, receive the light of Christ," and so on, and then I noticed that the light is spreading, just like the light of faith is spreading, and when I pondered the Annunciation, when Mary's troubled heart quickly became an open, trusting, receptive heart (which makes all the difference).
There are many goosebump moments in the Atrium, despite some occasional crying or spilling, despite the general hubbub, passing grumpiness and the messy humanity of it all.... I recommend THIS kind of co-op because it will benefit you, your children, your families and your faith. The lessons will trickle up! And that will make all the difference.