These moments of silence are prayer as well: "Silence is praise to you, O God" (Psalm 65:1). These spaces of silence--precious, rich moments working like yeast in the child's spirit--reflect the child's rhythm of doing things. Becoming attuned to this helps us to respect these wordless intervals in the prayer of young children. Rather than interrupting the flow of prayer by thinking the silence means the child is distracted by other things, we become aware that these too are moments of the child's union with God.
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Quote: The Good Shepherd and the Child
Sofia Cavalletti and Patricia Coulter in The Good Shepherd and the Child: A Joyful Journey on "The Child's Prayer":