An Example of Catholic Sacramentality

As part of my presentation in Alabama, I talked about the Catholic sense of sacramentality: how we learn to recognize God’s presence in all things. During the break, I stepped outside and saw a garden in between the church building and the parish center. In the middle of the garden was a little sign that read as follows. It’s a very good example of the Catholic sense of sacramentality:

A kiss of the sun for pardon,
The song of the birds for mirth,
You’re nearer to God in a garden,
Then anywhere else on earth.

I copied the words down and shared them with the group during the second half. Nice thoughts, eh?

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Joe Paprocki, DMin, is National Consultant for Faith Formation at Loyola Press, where, in addition to his traveling/speaking responsibilities, he works on the development team for faith formation curriculum resources including Finding God: Our Response to God’s Gifts and God’s Gift: Reconciliation and Eucharist. Joe has more than 35 years of experience in ministry and has presented keynotes, presentations, and workshops in more than 100 dioceses in North America. Joe is a frequent presenter at national conferences including the Los Angeles Religious Education Congress, the Mid-Atlantic Congress, and the National Conference for Catechetical Leadership. He is the author of numerous books, including the best seller The Catechist’s Toolbox, A Church on the Move, Under the Influence of Jesus, and Called to Be Catholic—a bilingual, foundational supplemental program that helps young people know their faith and grow in their relationship with God. Joe is also the series editor for the Effective Catechetical Leader and blogs about his experiences in faith formation at


  1. dear sir Joe,

    i am abraham from the Philippines, I am a catechist for 17 years here in the Catechetical Foundation of the Archdiocese of Manila (CFAM). I am one of your fans here in Manila. I really like your books but I dont have money to buy for this books of yours. I want this books for my students here in Grade 3 and in Grade 4 at Sucat Elementary School, Sucat Muntinlupa City were i am teaching catechesis with 40 sections now I handle. 10 sections per day from Monday to Thursday. 30 minutes once a week. Friday is my On Going Formation. and Saturday is my meeting with those out of shool childrens in our parish. and I have sunday school for childrens Mass. you know I really enjoy teaching catechesis and i do it with my own strategies or tools in making collages in any other way of geeting used papaer or news paper here which is needed for my topic. God is Good all the time. My prayer is always with you….More power and more books to write for the glory of God. God Bless You. In christ with Mary…. Abraham…Catechist of Christ…

    • Thanks for sharing your story Abraham. I hear from catechists in the Philippines quite often and I’m honored to play a role in your ministry. I will contact you with information about getting some books to you.

      • Thank you very much my friend Joe. God is Great. I am so happy to hear that that you will give me of some books of yours for my tools in teaching catechesis. I am so touched. I am so excited; This is my home address; 39 PUROK 1 BARANGAY BAGONG TANYAG TAGUIG CITY 1632, PHILIPPINES. I would like you to know that I am teaching High School ; first year and second year and third year students with 21 sections- 1 hour catechesis per section – 55 students per sections once in a week – of MUNTINLUPA BUSINESS HIGH SCHOOL ANNEX SUCAT. God Bless You. More power.Thank you again.

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