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Names Written in Heaven
by Sandi Belleque
This is a good reflection prayer for anytime. It can be especially powerful during Lent.
This is a good reflection prayer for anytime. It can be especially powerful during Lent.

You will need a CD player and a CD of soft, instrumental music. You also will need writing and drawing tools, such as crayons, markers, and colored pencils, and plain light-colored or white paper.

When reading Scripture, we often are aware of a key word or phrase that jumps out at us. When reading Luke 10:20, I came up with this catechist prayer idea. (Careful. Catechists like this prayer experience and so it may take more than just a few minutes.)

This prayer experience helps catechists see how they can use Scripture with their students. It’s also good to encourage catechists to use the “child” side of themselves once in a while during prayer.

Read Luke 10:20, slowly and clearly: “Nevertheless, do not rejoice because the spirits are subject to you, but rejoice because your names are written in heaven.”

Invite catechists to reflect quietly on the phrase “your names are written in heaven.” Then invite them to write, draw, and embellish their names as they see them in their hearts written in heaven. Play soft music during this time.

Allow ample time. When the catechists and I did this, I thought we’d just write our names and color them. Not so. We all put some time and thought into it. In fact, we ran out of time. One catechist wrote: “Welcome, my beloved Katie.”

Sandi Belleque has been the DRE at Sacred Heart-St. Louis Parish in Gervais, OR, for over 12 years. She is the co-leader of Vicariate DRE group and is the winner of the NPCD Religious Education Excellence Award, 2008-2009. She has been married for 25 years and she and her husband have four children.

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