|Fr. Timothy Mulcahey LC checks the “souls” of fifth graders (clockwise from Father) William O’Brien, Nicholas Alves, Luke Bick, Hugh Cole, Garrett Martin, Danny DeSimon, John O’Brien, and John Esswein.|
Chesterfield, Missouri, January 15, 2007. Fifth grade boys at Gateway
Academy recently learned about the fragile nature of their souls
through a very hands-on lesson. On the initiative of their
teacher, Mrs. Lynn Schmitz, Each student was given a hollowed-out
egg, which symbolized their soul, and was challenged to protect
their souls for two days and nights.
Throughout the two
days, the boys were reminded never to leave their souls
alone, to ‘feed’ their souls 3-4 times daily with prayers
and sacrifices, and to also help protect the souls of
their friends. Teachers frequently heard students asking one another, “How is
your soul doing?” as they passed in the hallways.
very few eggs were returned intact, the exercise opened the
door for numerous conversations about the nature of their souls.
Ensuing discussions included how priests accept great responsibilities for our
souls and how God fixes broken souls. Students learned in
a very tangible way that no one’s soul is complete
for a lifetime, but that God mercifully provides the sacraments
of Reconciliation and Holy Eucharist to fix our broken souls. The
fifth grade boys ended the lesson understanding that our soul
is a precious gift from God and requires a lot
of work to protect, but our soul is worth our
|Gateway fifth graders (left to right) John Michael Filla, Nicholas Alves and Luke Bick keep a protective hand on their eggs/souls.|
Gateway Academy is located in Chesterfield,
Missouri, and is celebrating 15 years of educational leadership. Gateway
Academy was founded by a lay board of directors and
implements the educational philosophy of the Legionaries of Christ.