According to linguist Noam Chomsky, “Language embodies the world view of a culture and is unique to the culture that created it. It reflects values and concepts that are deemed to be the most important by a culture. A language describes the culture it comes from.” For this reason, it is imperative that Catholic parents speak God’s language at home, especially when children are preparing for a sacrament. What do we mean by the phrase, “God’s language”?
God has a way of speaking to us that includes words but also includes signs and symbols and other unseen and unheard realities. Welcome to this Pop-Up Catechesis series in which we will take a closer look at how parents can teach God’s language at home. In this episode, we explore Bible stories as the part of God’s language where we find God’s vocabulary, dialect, and accent.
For more information about Bible stories, check out the following links:
- Seek & Find Bible
- Prayer and Storytelling with a Digital Twist
- The Greatest Story Ever Told: A Pop-Up Activity Book
- Loyola Kids Book of Bible Stories
- Laying the Foundations for Bible Literacy
- Proclaim Jesus’ Mighty Deeds
- “What’s Your Story?” Inviting Children into a Healthy Narrative
- Bible Stories for Children
As always, what a beautiful metaphor about “God’s language” to encourage parents in their role.