This week our school has been thinking about how we can follow in the footsteps of Jesus and our patron saint, St Francis of Assisi – living out our witness for Christ. We discussed in our classes how different people do this using the gifts they have been given by the Holy Spirit, especially people with a religious vocation and people with the vocation of healing, but the children were surprised that everyone can be a disciple just by the way they interact with others as they live their lives. We also talked about the quote that has been attributed to St Francis, even though he did not really say it: ‘Preach the Gospel at all times. If necessary, use words.’ The children thought about how this linked to the theme of missionary discipleship and discussed how they could preach the Gospel by actions not words.
The chaplains collected some ideas and promises from children in response to the call to be missionary disciples. These are some of the responses.
Taylor: I promise to follow Mother Teresa’s message that we must love everyone and try to make sure everyone who I meet feels happier.
Filip: I promise to always try to use kind words and actions like St Francis did and not lose my temper.
Arthur: I will try to be a missionary disciple by spending more time praying so I get closer to Jesus and can do more of the things he wants me to.
Maja: I promise to say prayers for people who have died, especially people who dies from Covid.
Beau: I will try to always try my best and set a good example for others so that I make the best use of the gifts God has given me.
Darcey: I will teach my little brother how to pray and try to spend more time praying with him.