GS and Child Podcast | Season 3

105. Welcoming the Christ Child as a Sacred Act with Mary Mirrione

“And Mary kept all theses things, pondering them in her heart.” Luke 2:19 

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Mary Mirrione and I ponder the great mystery of the Incarnation as we do with the children in the work of The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd wondering about that great mystery of who Jesus is. Our conversation today is in light of what we are learning through our work with the infant and toddler about pregnancy, birth, and postpartum, what the basic needs of a woman in labor and a newborn are and what light this might give us about the mystery of the Incarnation. 

Further Reading: 

The Basic Needs of a Woman in Labour by Ruth Ehrhardt 

The History of the Kingdom of God, Part 1: From Creation to Parousia 


Other Podcast Episodes You Might Want to Listen To: 

Episode 99- Oxytocin with Ruth Ehrhardt and Mary Mirrione 

Episode 92- Adele Costa Gnocchi with Karin Slabaugh 


Episode 27 – Mystery of the Incarnation with Karen Maxwell 

Episode 53 – The Birth and Infancy of Jesus with Ann Garrido 

Episode 79- Ch. 6 of The Religious Potential of the Child- The Historical Events in the Life of Jesus Christ 

Episode 104. Incarnation and the Annunciation with Sofia Cavalletti 



Audiobook – Now Available on Audible 

CGSUSA is excited to offer you the audio version of The Religious Potential of the Child – 3rd Edition by Sofia Cavalletti, read by Rebekah Rojcewicz! 

The Religious Potential of the Child is not a “how-to” book, complete with lesson plans and material ideas. Instead it offers a glimpse into the religious life of the atrium, a specially prepared place for children to live out their silent request: “Help me come closer to God by myself.” Here we can see the child’s spiritual capabilities and perhaps even find in our own souls the child long burdened with religious information. This book serves as a companion to the second volume, The Religious Potential of the Child 6 to 12 Years Old. The desire to have this essential text available in audio has been a long-held goal for many. The work of many hands has combined to bring this release to life as an audiobook. 



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