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The Spirituality of Children

Many believe children have an innate spirituality that defies religious categories. Their questions and confidences seem to imply an awareness of the ineffable in ways that adults have tuned out. How can we understand this in light of our own traditions? What can children teach us about the world and the possibility of the divine?


Spirituality of Children

An Urgent Call to the Holiness of Childlikeness

An Urgent Call to the Holiness of Childlikeness

Kirstin Johnson

We are so busy preparing children for the "adult world" that we usher (push) out of them the very state that will help them to deal with and carry on through Life.

The Curiosity of Children: A Gift for Us All

The Curiosity of Children: A Gift for Us All

Jim Kast-Keat

The gift of an intergenerational worshiping community is in the wisdom of the elder and the wonder of the child.

My Encumbering Person: The Work of the Catechist

My Encumbering Person: The Work of the Catechist

Anne Kennedy

In a world where everything is so much a confinement of the child to the physical safety of adult comfort, I have discovered that the mysteries a child can see and perceive with such ease are there for me as well.

The Rooting and Renewing Power of Relating Spiritually with Children

The Rooting and Renewing Power of Relating Spiritually with Children

Dan Lovaglia

Relating spiritually with children isn't easy, but it has the power to root and renew our entire family of faith.

Creating Spaces for Children to Flourish in the Modern World

Creating Spaces for Children to Flourish in the Modern World

Valerie Michaelson

How can we help children create space in their lives in which they can pay attention to connections with one another, with the natural world, with themselves and with God?

Nancy Drew and the Stations of the Cross: How Art Feeds Kids' Faith

Nancy Drew and the Stations of the Cross: How Art Feeds Kids' Faith

Ginny Kubitz Moyer

Seeing can be one step on the road to believing.

Children: Mini-Mystics, Until We

Children: Mini-Mystics, Until We "Educate" Them

Father Seán ÓLaoire

Babies arrive as warriors, storming the Normandy Beaches of Maya, giving their lives to liberate the human spirit.

The Secret Awareness of Children

The Secret Awareness of Children

Shelly Skinner

The spirituality of children continues to point to the ineffable that adults have tuned out. When given the opportunity, they contribute deeply to the conversation of the divine.

Children and the Thin Places of Life:

Children and the Thin Places of Life: "Mommy, Do You Feel It?"

Sally Thomas

Children are porous beings whose deep desire to be known allows them to barrel forward and then stop on a dime when they sense that something is worth stopping for.

Suffer the Children to Come, But Beware

Suffer the Children to Come, But Beware

Peter Thulson

Religion and the stories we tell ourselves about the true world and about our true selves are our puppets. They say for us the unsayable and they enter territory we fear.

The Secret of Our Hope Lies in the Imagination of Children

The Secret of Our Hope Lies in the Imagination of Children

Jennifer Trafton

To be able to look at the world as it is and to glimpse the threads of beauty and goodness of what the world will someday become, to be able to imagine a different way of being human on this earth, takes an enormous feat of imagination.

Seven Distinctions of Children's Spirituality

Seven Distinctions of Children's Spirituality

Miranda Warner

Why was Jesus so keen for adults to welcome, learn from, and even become like children in order to belong to God's reign?

Commentary From Our Blogging Community

Children, Creation and Incarnation: The Neverending Story

Children, Creation and Incarnation: The Neverending Story

Suzanne Ross

God’s engagement with the world is often portrayed as a “one and done” type of relationship. When we teach Creation, for example, we give the impression that on the seventh day God rested with a sigh of relief that a big job was well done. “Thank goodness,” God thinks, “I can check that off my [Read More...]

Learning from Children

Learning from Children

Coleman Glenn

How do little children learn in heaven? The answer might open our eyes to an innate but sometimes hidden spirituality in our own kids.