“He gathers the lambs in his arms and carries them close to his heart.”
The Jesus’ Lambs path of evangelization aims at the spiritual awakening of toddlers aged 3-5 years. At this age, the child awakens to life. Initiating him to prayer is essentially to help him turn to God and enter a relationship of love and tenderness with Him.
The Word of God is at the heart of every Jesus’ Lambs meeting.
It is repeated several times so that the child can keep it in his heart. It inspires prayer. It causes wonder at the beauty of creation. It illuminates the various witnesses. It teaches the child’s heart that his God is a God of love and tenderness. The meetings generally take place every two weeks and last approximately one hour.
Jesus’ Lambs is first and foremost the meeting of the child’s heart with the Heart of God.
The people who accompany Jesus’ Lambs on their spiritual journey have received specific training on spirituality and pedagogy specific to the Movement. They are adults who are concerned with transmitting their faith in Jesus Christ and/or young adults who have been walking through Jesus’ Lambs for several years. They are called “Shepherds”.
The second initiation step gradually awakens the child to the mystery of the Trinity and invites him to enter obediently in an intimate and personal relationship with each person of the Saint Trinity.
The third initiation step invited the child to go on a mission throughout the world to discover witnesses who have loved Jesus more than anything else. He lives experiences of faith in the company of Saint Kateri Tekakwitha, Saint Francis of Assisi, Faustino, Saint Bernadette and Saint Nicolas.
- The scarf’s white background is the sign of the white baptismal garment. The lamb represents the child who begins to walk in the movement of Jesus’ sheep.
- The lamb gradually awakens to the mystery of God’s love for him and becomes aware of God’s gifts: gift of life, gift of his creating, symbolized by pasture, flowers and the sun.
- He rests quietly in the heart of God, his creator and takes on his color.
- The lamb is lulled by the tenderness of God, his Good Shepherd.
- The open heart means the heart of the Shepherd who loves each of his Lambs with a tender, unique and free love.
“We accompany 40 Lambs. It’s hard to master them. We need great patience, and through that we have discovered God’s patience with us.”
One evening, when I was putting little Jacob down for the night, I asked him if he wanted to say a prayer with me for Jesus: “What could we thank him for?” He replied: “For the day…” and added: “For the Spirit that he gave us.” “Saint Joseph teaches us to love Mary, because he loved her first.”
When we came across the figure of Jesus praying, I asked the children, “Who is Jesus praying for?” “He is praying for his Lambs!”
“Thank you Jesus for protecting me and my family. I believe in you. I love you.”