by Anne Neuberger - 14 pages - Reproducible PDF eResource
Laudato Si' calls on all of us to work through our political system to promote the common good: for all people and the rest of creation (especially see Chapter 5). Pope Francis says that change will not happen unless we influence those in power. Likewise, he urges us to work through community organizations and other groups to create a better world.
This guide to help parents and teachers nurture a child's Christ-like compassion and to develop a sense of political and community responsibility. It provides tips for three age groups: preschool through grade 2, grades 3 through 6, and middle through high school. Specific suggestions are made for school and religious education classes and at home.
The Catholic Church is nonpartisan. It does, however, call us to be political. It is our children’s right as citizens in a democracy to learn about our political process. It is the adults’ responsibility to teach them. Catholic parents and teachers have a unique responsibility in this area for they must help their children understand what Jesus asks of them as they become part of their greater community. This guide is a perfect way to start.
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Anne E. Neuberger has been writing for children for thirty years. The main focus of her work is social justice, with an emphasis on Catholic Social Teaching. In addition to books, curriculum, articles, and e-resources, Anne writes for Maryknoll's Discover Your Neighbor Program. She lives in Minnesota with her husband, Paul Marincel. They raised four children and have 5 grandchildren, with #6 on the way. See more of Anne's work at www.anneneuberger.com.