|Sister María Esther of the Cross and of the Child Jesus (wearing crown of flowers) with Bishop Pedro Pablo Elizondo of the Cancún-Chetumal prelature and several other sisters from her order.|
December 7, 2009. Early childhood is a key moment for
learning how to relate to Jesus and live out the
virtues. Known in English-speaking countries as K4J (Kids 4
Jesus), NET is an international program for children ages
3 – 13 that teaches virtue and faith through fun
activities and monthly “mission packs” involving cartoon characters and stories.
never knows what kind of an impact this sort of
a program has on the future of the children who
participate. But sometimes there are glimpses, as in the following
two testimonies, one from a Legionary novice and one from
a religious sister in the order of the Perpetual Adorers
of the Blessed Sacrament.
Br Niko Hermosillo Aguirre, LC
Br Niko, now
a novice in Ireland, joined “Club NET” (the Mexican version
of the K4J program) in his hometown of La Piedad
in 2001. Several years later, he went on the apostolic
school in Guadalajara, and just recently made his religious profession
at the novitiate in Dublin, Ireland.
|Br Niko Hermosillo Aguirre, nLC, next to a NET display stand.|
“Through NET, I realized that
there is something more important than the usual worldly things,
and that Christ deserved the most important place in my
life. I was able to continue being a normal boy,
but with a new commitment of being a true friend
to Jesus,” he said.
“Another thing that helped me to discern
my vocation was the love I felt for the Legion
and the way of living the priesthood as a Legionary.
When I saw the “men in black,” I felt so
much joy and a deep admiration.”
Sister María Esther of the
Cross and of the Child Jesus
Sister María Esther de la
Cruz and of the Child Jesus was a member of
Club NET in Cancún. She currently belongs to the Order
of the Perpetual Adorers of the Blessed Sacrament in the
city of Cozumel.
“I am the third of five children,
and the two youngest and myself belonged to Club NET.
I was very happy to be part of Club NET,
because that was where God began to lay the foundations
of my faith. There I began to apply all of
the formation that the Catechism gives us. In NET, I
learned to make the most of the talents God gives
us, that Jesus is our best friend, and that the
Blessed Virgin Mary is the Mother who always watches over
us, and that she is our friend,” she said.
I learned was useful for me not only at that
time in my life, but even today. It is still
helping me today, and it is now in the consecrated
life that I am putting into practice the most. One
of the reasons why I liked to go to Club
NET was that it taught me that we have a
great mission, and that we are the future of the
Church, not only when we are part of the club,
but for our whole lives.”
“These experiences as a NET girl
will never be erased from my heart: the living Via
Crucis, the summer camps, the lessons in the monthly magazine,
etc. They are all here with me, just like the
people who motivated my siblings and I to keep coming.
Thank you for the support!”
“And my wish for all NET
kids is for you to continue being joyful and enthusiastic!
And be generous to respond to God’s call, whether it
be to the priesthood, religious life, or missionary life. Don’t
be afraid to say “yes” to our Lord. May God
bless you, and I will pray for you in front
of the Heart of Our Lord.”
For more information about K4J
programs for parishes, schools, clubs, and homes in the United States and
Canada, click here.