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Teaching Your Child About Jesus With the Help of a Nun

What do you imagine the life of a nun looks like? As a child, you might have imagined the lifestyle of a cloistered nun to be similar to Julie Andrews' whimsical life in the abbey in the. Basically, your definition of a cloistered nun would include a lot of praying, singing, and helping each other out.
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What do you imagine the life of a nun looks like? As a child, you might have imagined the lifestyle of a cloistered nun to be similar to Julie Andrews' whimsical life in the abbey in the Sound of Music. Basically, your definition of a cloistered nun would include a lot of praying, singing, and helping each other out.

Or, you could imagine nuns rocking out and having fun like Whoopi Goldberg in Sister Act. These movies might have made you wonder what exactly was going on behind those abbey doors!

Let me introduce you to Sister Immaculata, a cloistered nun who works hard running the kitchen at the Abbey where she lives, praying the Divine Office (the monastic liturgy of hours), working on graphic design and managing their website, as well as teaching about the Eucharist and hosting children's retreats. I'm sure she can also rock out or sing about the mountains while twirling if she really wanted to!

Sister Immaculata loves to teach and to help children learn about the love of Jesus. One of the ways she does this is through her book, Jesus in my Heart: Preparing for First Holy Communion.

This book was conceived by Sr. Immaculata with the intention to help one little girl learn about Jesus' love through the Eucharist. As this little girl learned to love the book and became captivated by Jesus' heart, word about the book grew and more copies of the book were requested.

Now, Sr. Immaculata's book which consists of 18 reflections, lessons, and hands-on activities to keep children engaged in the learning process has sold hundreds of copies and is used in 3 Catholic grade schools in the Denver Archdiocese as part of their First Communion Preparation.

Some of the things that a child might learn from this book include:
-Giving your prayers to Jesus
-How to listen with your heart during prayer
-And the value of sacrifice

Sr. Immaculata's hope is that "the child {will} foster a loving relationship with Jesus. There are a lot of good books out there that teach children about what to do in Mass, or the basic theology of the Eucharist. My book aims to teach the child WHO this Jesus is who they are going to receive and to help them enter deep into their hearts so that they can truly experience Him."

Parents, this book and the teachings of Jesus' heart don't end with your child. The book was created for you to delve into the teachings as well, in order to teach your child.

"When we are faced with the challenge of having to express a truth to a child in a way that is convincing, we often have to re-educate ourselves first (at least I do). At the same time, we have to question ourselves on what we really know or believe about this topic (What is it that I believe that I want to share? What do I know?). And then there's the beautiful dynamic of sharing the message to a young heart; a heart that will teach us far more than we can teach them. How many times I have come from a retreat realizing that I learned more from the children I worked with than I did from any text book, because they helped me to see the faith with the eyes of the child. This is the gift of being able to teach children. This is what I want every parent to experience. Perhaps this book will help you to rediscover your own faith as well as you see the great truths revealed in the language of a child. There's something about being able to express something so simply that really touches the heart." -Sr. Immaculata

This book is a great way to be able to teach your child about the Catholic faith, uncover some of the simple mysteries yourself, grow closer to Christ, and give back to the Abbey for all the hard work they're doing. It is a great gift for First Holy Communion, as a supplement for homeschooling, and as a Sacred Heart graduation gift (whether you attend a Sacred Heart parish, school, or you're celebrating it this upcoming weekend)!

Title: "Jesus in My Heart"
Cost: $20
Purchase: online at www.walburga.org
Contact for group discounts or to discuss Sr. Immaculata hosting a retreat.

The author of this post is Lis Luwia, a Catholic wife and mom of 2 popsicle-loving, ballet-dancing girls. To learn more about Lis and her goal to help teach kids and grow faith in families, visit her website Catholic Mommy Blogs.