Alive-o – Alive-o 8 In-service 2007/2008 “The Glory of God is people fully alive”

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Alive-O – Alive-O 8
In-service 2007/2008

The Glory of God is people fully alive”



Saint Irenaeus


Primary Diocesan Advisers for Religious Education Dublin Diocese


Contents

Alive-O Explored


Teachers Reflections
Prayers in the Alive-O Programme
Paidreacha I mBeo go Deo
Prayer Services and Rituals
Seirbhís Urnaí
“To Be Learned”
Bible Stories and Scripture
Alive-O Songs
Poems for Children
Posters in Alive-O
Beo go Deo-Postaer

Junior Infants Alive-O
This programme is divided into 5 main themes which the child explores throughout the year through the use of stories, poetry, song, video, prayer, art and craft and suitable play activities.
These themes are:

  1. Starting school

  2. Belonging

  3. Christmas and the Birth of Jesus

  4. Celebration

  5. Food

These are interspersed with lessons on the Liturgical Year and on the natural seasons wherein the children are helped to develop an awareness of God’s presence.


In the first year in school, the children are also taught:

  1. The Sign of the Cross

  2. The Glory be to the Father

  3. The Grace before and After Meals

  4. Morning Prayer

  5. Night Prayer

Every day the lesson ends with prayer. They are also introduced to the story of St. Brigid as well as the Christmas and Easter story.

Senior Infants Alive-O 1

The content covered in the Junior Infant programme is further developed in the child’s second year in school by an exploration of the following areas:


  1. God’s presence with them always

  2. God’s care for them and their care for others

  3. The changing seasons

  4. Peace as a foundation for subsequent lessons on reconciliation in first and second classes

  5. Water

The with the Liturgical Year is strengthened including a focus on November as a month of praying for the dead and in March the children are introduced to St. Patrick.


All the prayers learned in Junior Infants are repeated and the children now learn:


  1. Our Father

  2. Hail Mary

They are also taught about the church building, and what they see there. They are also encouraged to visit the church.



First Class Alive-O 3
Many of the lessons here lay the foundation for the reception of the Sacraments of Penance and First Holy Communion in Second Class. In term 2 four of the lessons focus on central aspects of the Eucharist for example: Shared Story, Shared Meal, Shared Memory and Shared Living. The link with the Liturgical Year is deepened with the introduction of a lesson on Lent and the inclusion of 3 Stations of the Cross.

They are also taught about the Rosary, with the focus this year on the Joyful Mystery. This year the children are gradually being introduced to the responses and prayers used in mass. The little Beings are presented to the children for the first time. Having reinforced their essential goodness their concept of sin and wrong doing is developed as they enter into the world of these characters who are “being” destructive, violent, selfish and losing their tempers.

St. Columba is the Irish Saint introduced. They are introduced to many stories from the life of Jesus. Among those covered are:



  • The birth of Jesus

  • The finding of Jesus in the Temple

  • Jesus goes along to pray

  • The woman at the well

  • Jesus visits Martha and Mary

  • The Multiplication of the Loaves and Fish

  • The Last Supper

  • The Crucifixion

  • The Resurrection

  • The Story of Pentecost

They also hear the story of the Good Shepherds, The Sower and the Seed and Jesus affirmation of children.


Additional prayers learned in the First Class programme include:


  • Prayer to Jesus

  • Confiteor

  • Act of Sorrow*

  • Prayer for Forgiveness*

  • Prayer after Forgiveness*

  • Prayer to the Trinity

  • Prayers to Mary

  • Prayers to the Holy Spirit

  • Journey Prayer

  • Mass responses*

  • Prayers before Communion*

  • Prayers after Communion*

*These prayers are particularly relevant to those children preparing for First Penance and First Holy Communion.


Second Class Alive-O 4
The main theme of this years programme is community. It can’t be presumed that all children have experience of community, so this year’s programme tries to work out of the concept implied by community and seeks to highlight the nature of what connects us to others. Through poems, stories etc. the programme explores and celebrates the ways people are connected. The main themes of this years programme will focus on the following:


  • Connected

  • Jesus as the one who calls, Jesus as the one who teaches and Jesus as the one who nourishes.

  • Sacred time


  • Reconciliation

  • Eucharist

St. Gobnait is introduced as the Irish Saint

The Liturgical Links are further strengthened by further reference to Lent.
Prayers learned in the second class programme include


  • Prayer to Jesus

  • Confiteor

  • Act of Sorrow

  • Prayer for Forgiveness*

  • Prayer after Forgiveness*

  • Prayer to the Trinity

  • Prayers to Mary

  • Prayers to the Holy Spirit

  • Journey Prayer

  • Mass responses*

  • Prayers before Communion

  • Prayers after Communion

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These prayers are particularly relevant to those children preparing for First Penance and First Holy Communion.


Third Class Alive-O 5
The third class programme contains a number of connected themes among them are:


  • Beginnings and endings

  • The reign of God

  • Covenant

These themes are all interrelated however the main in third class this year is covenant.


The introductory lessons focus on new beginnings and looks again at Baptism and how the children live their Baptism when they respond to God’s call. God’s reign is explored using the Gospel stories of the healing of the centurion servant, the calming of the sea of Galilee and the healing of the paralysed man. The theme of covenant is introduced when the Bible is used to highlight moments when such awareness emerges in a distinctive way.
The stories of:


  • Abraham and Sarah

  • Moses

  • Mary (The Angelus)

  • Zacchaeus

All contribute to highlight an awareness of covenant to the children. At The Last Supper, Jesus spoke of the new covenant and we begin to see the full dimension of this new covenant that God has established with us in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus.

Additional prayers to be learned in Third Class are:


  • Comhartha na Croise

  • Sé do Bheatha Mhuire

  • Glóir don Athair

  • The Angelus

  • Gloria

  • The Apostles Creed



Fourth Class Alive-O 6
The theme of the fourth class programme is nourishment. The aim of the programme is to nourish or nurture God’s gift of faith. The children are lead to a deeper awareness of their experience of nourishment and at the same time towards acknowledgement of God the Father, the Son and Holy Spirit – as the source of all nourishment.
The introductory lesson in term 1:


  • Lead the children to a wider appreciation of creativity in the world that God created. The creation story taken from Genesis 1 helps the children to see the unique power of God in creating the world. There they see what God made is good and that they are made in the image and likeness of God. Through the story of St. Francis the children are helped to consider their own response to the spirit of God in creation.




  • Mary is introduced through the story of the wedding feast in Cana and it is envisaged that this lesson will be done in October, the month of the Rosary, where the joyful and sorrowful mysteries are revised and the glorious mysteries are introduced.



  • There then follows a set of lessons on “Nourished by God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. God sent Jesus as nourishment and the children are led to consider the many levels at which Jesus nourishes people. Death is also introduced as a topic for the children to discuss and there is a prayer service for the feast of All Saints and All Souls.





  • Two commandments are introduced to the children 1. Love God and 2. Love your neighbour. The children hear the story of the Good Samaritan and through it they hear the understanding of neighbour that Jesus proposes.




  • Christmas time and the children are helped to think of the nourishment that Christmas brings at ever level.


In term 2 the lessons look at:


  • The nourishment by the Trinity and lessons on the Sacrament of the anointing of the sick shows the children the ongoing care of sick by the Church and sees it as a continuation of the care of Jesus for the sick.




  • The Church as the Body of Christ helps the children to look at their home parishes and what is required of people in parish life. The children are helped to become more aware as members of the Body of Christ whether at work or play.




  • Lent and reconciliation are introduced as links between Lent and the time Jesus spent in the wilderness after his Baptism.

In term 3:
The risen Jesus is reflected post Easter through the encounter of Mary Magdalene with the risen Jesus.
Eucharist is introduced to help the children to come to an understanding of the Mass as sacrifice and there is an opportunity for a class Mass.
The concluding lessons of this term highlight the Old Testament and the Bible as a source of nourishment for Jesus as well as for them.
The lesson on the Holy Spirit helps to explore the nature of the working of the Holy Spirit in the world today.
The story of St. Canaire is introduced to the children with the concept of pilgrimage.

Additional Prayers to be learned in Fourth Class are:



  • St. Patrick’s Prayer

  • Paidir d’Iosa

  • Care for me Lord

  • We are the Body of Christ

  • Prayer to the Guardian Angel

  • Prayer before Playing

  • Prayer after Playing

  • Prayer on opening a book

  • Prayer on closing a book

  • Prayer on opening a Bible

  • Prayer on closing a Bible


Fifth Class Alive-O 7
For pupils in fifth class who will be celebrating Confirmation this year, Alive-O 7 offers thirty two lessons to be covered over the course of the year. For pupils who will not be celebrating Confirmation this year, Alive-O 7 offers thirty lessons to be covered over the course of the year. These latter pupils will not engage with the two lessons on the celebration of Confirmation, i.e. lesson 10 and 11 of term 2.
The major theme of this years programme is Spirit. This is an appropriate theme as for many it is the year they will begin a two year preparation for Confirmation. The theme of Spirit besides dealing with the Holy Spirit also covers the notion of Spirit in general. It is the Spirit of God in Jesus who moves us to faith, hope and love in the first instance. The work of parent, teacher and priest in Religious Education is a work of co-operation with the Holy Spirit.
We suggest the following sequence for the first five lessons in Term 1
Lesson 3 Week 2

Lesson 4 Week 3

Lesson 2 Week 4

Lesson 5 Week 5



Lesson 6 Week 6

In term 1 after the opening prayer ritual the programme begins by exploring:



  • The spirit of prophecy through an engagement with clay and by an examination of the prophetic call, children are led to discern the Spirit behind people’s lives and events concluding with the work of the spirit in Jesus. Modern day prophets such as Bono, Gandhi and Sr. Veronica are also discussed.




  • The mysteries of light are introduced as a lesson on Mary. These mysteries celebrate major events in the public ministry of Jesus by the power of the Spirit.




  • The lesson on the lives of St. Kevin and St. Lawrence O’Toole gives good example of the Christian life lived and graced in the Spirit.




  • The Commandments are also presented not just as a set of rules but rather as inviting pathways leading from slavery to freedom.




  • The remaining lessons focus on Advent as a time of waiting and seek to act in a countercultural way to what is becoming a commercial spirit leading up to Christmas.



In term 2 a weaving activity which is central to these 5 lessons aims to reinforce the notion of a unity in life despite the various colours, strands and fabrics encountered the first five lessons deal with:


  • The call of the Spirit for children to grow and develop to their full potential. This call to grow in faith, community, morality and love is a holistic one represented by the seamless garment. Lent and Holy Week are also presented in this term. Alive-O 7 deals with the Liturgical Year as a unit and attempts to show that in following the Church’s Liturgical calendar we, in spirit re-enact, relive and celebrate the saving action of God through Jesus in the power of the Spirit.



  • Lessons on the Sacrament of Confirmation are included for the convenience of the teacher preparing for Confirmation in Fifth class and may be omitted if children are to receive the sacrament in sixth class next year. Lessons dealing with the symbols of the Holy Spirit are taught in fifth class.



In Term 3 post Easter the theme of Spirit is continued and -
the various forms of presence of the risen Jesus at Mass is explored, through the power of the Spirit.
There are lessons on:
Growth/life after Confirmation and for those who have not yet received the Sacrament these set of lessons may be adapted to grow/celebrate Christian commitment after Easter in the form of a four act drama over 6 weeks.
Additional Prayers to be learned in Fifth class are:


  • Hail Holy Queen

  • Prayers the Holy Spirit

  • Prayers for the Sacrament of Reconciliation

  • Responses during the celebration of the Sacrament of Confirmation (Sacramental classes only)


Sixth Class Alive-O 8
For pupils in sixth class who will be celebrating Confirmation this year, Alive-O 8 offers thirty two lessons to be covered over the course of the year. For pupils who will not be celebrating Confirmation this year, Alive-O 8 offers thirty lessons to be covered over the course of the year. These latter pupils will not engage with the two lessons on the celebration of Confirmation i.e. lesson 4 and 5 of term 2.
The major theme of this years programme is creative relationship. Creative relationship between the natural world, in the life of human beings, in encounters with the living God through God’s Word, in the Liturgical life of the Church and as witnessed to by the coming of God’s kingdom. These relationships are described as being “creative” because they are life-giving, dynamic and graced.

In term 1 the first six lessons develop the theme that was began last year in


Alive-O 7 as it is explored in these lessons:


  • It encompasses “relationship” in the natural world, in the world of language, mathematics, science and in the life of human beings. These set of lessons help us ultimately to see all creative relationships based on the love of the Blessed Trinity.




  • Lessons 7-12 looks at the Sacraments in general and deal specifically with each of them individually. The lessons are introduced dealing with gathering symbol and ritual and word in relation to Sacraments. The aim of these lessons is to develop a “Sacramental mentality” i.e. a capacity to appreciate Sacramental “reality” as different from but rooted in reality as we live it every day. The Sacraments are seen as privileged meetings or encounters with the Risen Jesus, opening up the possibility of a creative relationship with the Risen Lord.


Term 1 concludes with a -
Nativity play in three acts to be engaged with over the course of the four weeks of Advent. The theme of the Nativity play is that of “word” – the creative relationship between the Word of God in scripture and the Word of God in the person of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.
In Term 2 the first set of lessons deal with the –


  • Creative relationships that is established with the Spirit of God through Confirmation. Lessons 1-3 deal with call to witness, a call, implicit to both Baptism and Confirmation and are similar to the lessons found in Alive-O 7. The Confirmation specific lessons are carried in this section under Celebration of Confirmation 1 and 2.


  • These lessons are also to be found in Alive-0 7 for the convenience of schools who celebrate Confirmation every second year. They have the choice to alternate programmes. These lessons are very well illustrated on the accompanying video/Dvd and is it highly recommended as a very useful teaching tool for the Sacrament.





  • Mary is also contained in term 2 and is seen as a role model for creative relationships with creation, with others and with God. The major feast days of Mary are also looked at in this lesson.




  • Lent and Easter are also introduced in this term and the lessons focus on how embarking on a creative relationship with God brings one on a journey – a journey to Baptism (Lent), a journey to the Cross (Holy Week) and ultimately a Journey, to glory (Easter).

In term 3 the lessons on Easter is a continuation of the lessons on Lent prior to holidays. The theme of creative relationships is further developed over the course of 7 lessons. In the first of these lessons the reign or kingdom of God is explored in relation to children and childhood. It offers and understanding of “kingdom” as “right relationship” or “creative relationship” between all the elements in a situation. The remaining lessons take this approach further by exploring creative relationships in six other settings, the body (lesson 3), children (lesson 4), in an economic setting (lesson 5), in an ecumenical setting (lesson 6) from an ecological point of view (lesson 7) and in kingdom-forever (lesson 8).


Please note that lesson 3 in term 3 contains
The sex ed. Content and should only be taught in conjunction with the policy on RSE in the school and with approval from the parents and Board of Management.

Additional prayers to be learned in Sixth class are:



  • Regina Caeli/Coeli

  • Abundance Prayer

  • Act of Faith

  • Act of Hope

  • Act of Love

  • Nicene Creed

  • Mass Responses

  • Responses during the celebration of the Sacrament of confirmation (Sacramental classes only)


Alive-O Teachers Reflections

(Junior Infants)

The First Day of School (Roger McGough), p. 1

A Teacher and Modern Inventions (de Mello), p. 8

Life is Either a Daring Adventure (Helen Kelleher), p. 15

Isaiah 46:3-4, p. 15

Let me Be a Little Kinder (Anon), p. 23

Your Presence Lord (David Adam), p. 31

Ebb and Flow (David Adam), p. 38

The Love of God (David Adam), p. 46

Help us Lord (David Adam), p. 52

Leaning on God (Joyce Rupp), p. 59

I Believe in Me (Lois Mac Cubel), p. 67

God is Present in Family Life (David M. Thomas), p. 77

The Beauty of a Child (Brother Cornelius), p. 86

Have you even been waiting? (Kahil Gibran), p. 102

Room at the Inn (Prayer from Hawaii), p. 109

Creator God (David Adam), p. 115

Powers of God (David Adam), p. 123

For Brigid: Mary of Ireland (Tom Hamill), p. 133

Opening of the Senses (David Adam), p. 140

Give to me, O’God (David Adam), p. 148

A Christmas Reflection by Dylan Thomas, p. 156

The Church, p. 163

Creator God (David Adam), p. 170

Pippa’s Song (Robert Browning), p. 178

Easter (Flor McCarthy SDB), p. 185

Lovely Things (H.M. Sarson), p. 191

Blessing over the Meat (Scott McCarthy), p. 199

A German Grace, p. 207

Lord of the Elements (David Adam), p. 216

Your Presence Lord (David Adam), p. 224
Alive-O 2 Teachers Reflections

(Senior Infants)

I Would Pick More Daisies (Margaret Wilkinson), p. 1

Who Flies the Kite (J. Maurus), p. 10

What is Real (Margery Williams), p. 16

A Reflection on Childhood and Connectedness by K. Casey and M. Vanceburg, p. 23

Reflection on Autumn by Caitlín Matthews, p. 32

Speak, Lord (David Adam), p. 50

Reflection on St. Francis of Assisi by J. Maurus, p. 59

Six-fold Kyries (David Adam), p. 67

Calm (David Adam), p. 76

A reflection on uniqueness of people by K. Casey and M. Vanceburg

At The End of Life (Mother Teresa), p. 92

A reflection on the gift of others to us by K. Casey and M. Vanceburg

In the Mighty Name of God (David Adam), p. 108

Jesus is Here (David Adam), p. 115

Jesus Climbed Down (Lawrence Ferlinghetti), p. 125

Seed Slience (Harry Alfred Wiggett), p133

Stillness (Patricia M. Vardigans), p. 141

The Peace of the Quiet Hours (David Adams), p. 149

Reflection on the Will of God for Us (Evelyn Underhill), p. 157

Glorificamus Te! (Ancient Irish Prayer), p. 167

A reflection (Seamus Heaney), p. 175

Reflection of St. Patrick (Joseph Duffy), p. 182

Spring (Robert Van de Weyer), p. 187

Written in March (William Wordsworth), p. 194

Easter Blessing (David Adam), p. 201

A Fisherman’s Song of Praise (A Ghanaian Prayer), p. 207

Water (Philip Larkin), p. 215

Triune Blessing (David Adam), p. 223

Praise-Psalm 150, p. 231

O Light Invisible (T.S. Eliot), p. 239

You are a fire always burning… (Catherine of Siena), p. 247

I cannot dance (Mechtild of Magdeburg), p. 256
Alive-O 3 Teachers Reflections

(First Class)

Pathways (David Adams), p. 1

Days (Philip Larkin), p. 12

Something Told the Wild Geese (Rachel Field), p. 22

A Blessing (John O’Donohue), p.31

A reflection on first steps by Donal Neary SJ, p. 43

A Blessing for Death (John O’Donohue), p. 55

I am a Jew (Edmond Fleg), p. 65

Jesus Son of Mary (David Adam), p. 65-66

Journey (Kate Compston), p. 77

A reflection by William J. Bausch, p. 89

Sunlight (Seamus Heaney), p. 112

A reflection on love by Donal Neary SJ, p. 124

Mary (Jean Vanier), p. 132

The Advent (Anthony de Mello), p. 141

A reflection on the Mother Mary and Child (Thomas F. Catucci), p. 152

A reflection on the desert place by T.S. Eiliot, p. 163

A reflection on children’s need to be loved ( M.Scott Peck), p. 171

A letter to Daniel (Fergal Keane), p. 183-184

Incline you ear to me (Taizé Prayer), p. 195

Speak to us of children (Kahil Gibran), p. 206-207

Listen to what God is saying to us… (Henry M. Nouwen), p. 216

Psalm 139:13-18, p. 227

Lord, we heard that you were hungry…(David Adam), p. 239

Reflection on darkness by Alaistair Maclean, p. 252

Reflection on Mary (Paul VI, Marialis Cullus), p. 262

A reflection by William J. Bausch, p. 276

The Promise (Anthony de Mello), p. 288

A Reflection on memory by St. Augustine, p. 300

A prayer for the beginning of the day (Jean Beyer), p. 210

Come Holy Spirit (Rev. Peter Coppen), p. 320

A Reflection on exploration (T.S. Eliot)



Alive-O 4 Teachers Reflections

(Second Class)

The Carnowen family prayer (Kathleen Welsh), p. 2

A Friendship Blessing (John O’Donohue), p. 16

The Scholar and His Cat (Robin Flower), p. 30

Adaptation of Ps. 148:9-13

The Lord is here (David Adam), p. 55

In the Stillness of your Heart (Anon), p. 78

Jesus, Rabbi, p. 88 (Anon), p. 88

Proverbs 2:1-5,9, p. 100

In the Wake of Jesus’ Story (John O’Shea), p. 111


Alive-O 5 Teachers Reflections

(Third Class)

Begin (Brendan Kennelly), p. 1-2

It was a Long Time Ago (Eleanor Farjeon), p. 13-14

People are often unreasonable, p. 25

Reflection (Rabbi Jonathob Sacks on the context of a person), p. 34-35

Such Were His Teachers (Christopher Nolan), p. 50

I Arise Today, (St. Patrick) p. 65

Circle Me O’God, p. 78

An Inspiration from Hamlet, p. 90

Be Patient, (Rainer Maria Rilke), p. 104

O’Antiphons, p. 116

Come Lord Jesus (David Adams), p. 127

Tony O, Anon, p. 141

Leisure (WH Davies), p. 155

Dedication (David Adam), p. 168

Concerning the Divine Word, p. 177

The One Furrow (R.S. Thomas), p. 186

One Family, p. 197

Alive-O 6 Teachers Reflections

(Fourth Class)

Cactus and Caterpillars (C.M. Kao), p. 1

Creator of Our Lord, (Desmond Tutu), p. 14

Postscript (Seamus Heaney), p. 31

Canticle of Brother Son and Sister Moon (St. Francis of Asssisi), p. 41

A thought before beginning themed on Charity (Seán Dunne), p. 73

A reflection (Delia Smith), p.88

A reflection (Darina Allen), p. 102

In Memory of My Mother (Patrick Kavanagh), p. 112

Thoughts of Loving God (Mark Patrick Hederman), p. 123

A reflection on Loving my Neighbour, p. 133

C.K. Chesterton’s thoughts on Christmas, p. 141

Thoughts on Healing (Margaret Self), p. 157

Thoughts on Parish (Patrick Kavanagh), p. 169

The Body of Christ (Teresa of Avila), p. 179

The Prayer of a Nine Year Old (John Shea), p. 193

Work (Gerard Manley Hopkins, S.J.) p. 203

To Keep a Tue Lent (Robert Herrick) p. 213

Parable Model (Eamonn Bredin), p. 223

I was building an impressive storehouse of grievances…..(Kathleen Norris) p. 237

Pieta-The Silence and The Sorrow Ancient Ways (Seamus Heaney) p. 249

Reflection on the Willow Tree (Seamus Heaney) p. 210

Thou Shalt Know Him, Anon, p. 224

The Skylight (Seamus Heaney) p. 237

Lord Jesus, Your Cross (L. Frewin and T. Bartlett), p. 251

The Storyteller’s Creed (Robert Fulghum), p. 271

Brigid’s Feast, Anon., p. 283

Ressurection (Dietrick Bonhoeffer), p. 258

Quote from Martine Luther King on Dying, p. 269

Thoughts on Books (Joseph Dunne), p. 313

Clouds Veil (Liam Lawton), p. 313

Bookworm (Anon), p. 324

Thoughts on The Spirit (Michael Barnes SJ), p. 338

St. Canaire, p. 348


Alive-O 7 Teachers Reflections

(Fifth Class)

Look to this Day (Sanskrit Proverb), p. 2

The Potter (Gary C. Hatcher), p. 6

The Road Not Taken (Robert Frost), p. 13

From the Little Prince, p. 21

Here is a Man, Words for Worship, p. 29

From The Zen of Seeing, p. 36

House of Gold (Francis Ledwidge), p. 46

What are Saints?, p. 55

The Peninsula (Seamus Heaney), p. 63

The World is Passing through Troubled Times (Peter the Hermit), p. 71

From a Buddhist Poem, p. 80

From Letters from the Desert, p. 88

Weaving a Life, p. 105

Threads, p. 105

The Meaning of Life (Albert Einstein), p. 113

Extract from Letters from the Desert themed on Church, p. 121

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate…” Nelson Mandela, p. 129

Quarantine (Evan Boland), p. 138

God of Surprise (G.W. Hughes), p. 145

“Life is a Flame….” (G.B. Shaw), p. 153

Lines Composed a Few Miles Above Tintern Abbey (W.Wordsworth), p. 162

The Holy Spirit (Christy Kineally), p. 171

M. Links thoughts on Faith, p. 181

Old Irish Prayer, p. 191

From Anticipate every Goodbye (J. Sulivan), p. 200

“The Chanticleer” (Francis Ledgwith), p. 207

“Christ dances in ten thousand places….” (G.M. Hopkins), p. 214

What Christ Wants of You (John Paul II) p. 24

What is Vocation? (R.Williams), p. 233

Presenting Christ (Pope John Paul II), p. 241

Christ is Calling You (Pope John Paul II), p. 249

What are Saints? (retold by Ned Hasset), p. 255

Alive-O 8 Teachers Reflections

(Sixth Class)

You were Born Together (Kahil Gibran), p. 2

The Presence of God (Joseph Mary Plunkett), p. 9

Threshold (Rainier Maria Rilke), p. 17

“Grace Notes” an extract (Bernard McLaverty), p. 24

An American High School Principal Writes to her Staff, p. 33

Walls (Louis-Marie Chauvert), p. 53

Words are life (William J. Bausch), p. 61

An extract from “Markings” (Seamus Heaney), p. 69

An extract from “Under the Eye of the Clack” (Christopher Nolan), p. 77

Workers from the Kingdom (Oscar Romero), p. 83

The Humanity of God (Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury), p. 91

Prayer of St. Teresa, p. 108

Christ has no hands but yours, p. 108

An Extract from “September 1” Love one Another, p. 121

The Invitation, p. 128

Knowing God’s Love (Mark Link), p. 138

Irish Blessing (William J. Bausch), p. 147

Knowing Who We Are, p. 156

The Journey (Mary Oliver), p. 163

The Living Spirit (Hetty Hillesum), p. 171

The Easter Challenge (Joyce Rupp), p. 178

On Children (Kahil Gibran), p. 186

Snowflakes (David McCord), p. 195

Paradox of Our Time (George Carlin), p. 207

Perspective; Aren’t we Blessed, p. 215

Unity, Freedom, Charity, Pope John XXIII, p. 225

St. Augustine and Karl Rahner, p. 239





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