I'm super excited and honored to be a new contributor for the Heart of the Revival, the newsletter of the National Eucharistic Revival. Beginning last year and continuing until 2025, the Bishops of the United States are calling us as a nation- as dioceses, parishes, and individuals- to renew our devotion to Jesus, Truly Present in the Holy Eucharist. I hope you've heard about it in your local area by now, but you might not know that they are building a website full of resources- great articles, videos, reflections, and now the beginning of a collection of activities for kids. :)
My first contribution for the month of February was also a tribute to Pope Benedict XVI. Few kids will know much about him, but I think his recent death is a perfect opportunity to introduce them not only to his life, but to the legacies he leaves behind. One of those is his Apostolic Exhortation Sacramentum Caritatis, which you can read in entirety here. Kiddos won't likely be picking up that text anytime soon, but I'm a big fan of bringing things to their level without watering them down- so I chose a few quotes about the love of God we experience in the Eucharist and turned them into coloring pages and little Valentine cards.
You can read more about how to talk about these quotes with kids in the full blog post on the Eucharistic Revival website, and I encourage you to sign up for the Heart of the Revival Newsletter- you'll get updates on the latest posts each week. I'll be sharing a Eucharist themed kids activity at the beginning of each month. For now, here are links to the coloring pages in both English and Spanish!
Click here for the coloring pages with Pope Benedict XVI quotes about the Eucharist:
And click here for the same pages in Spanish:
If you are looking for resources to help your kids get to know Pope Benedict, I'd recommend:
- Friendship with Jesus: Pope Benedict XVI Talks to Children on Their First Holy Communion edited by Amy Welborn, Ignatius Press
- Joseph and Chico: The Life of Pope Benedict XVI as Told by a Cat by Jeanne Perego, Ignatius Press
- Be Saints! An Invitation from Pope Benedict XVI by Amy Welborn, Ignatius Press
- Pope Benedict Biographical Activity Page from Catholic Paper Goods
- Pope Benedict Coloring Page from Catholic Paper Goods