Co-Founder fo the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd
By Mary Mirrione
Sofia Cavalletti was aptly named and an appropriate answer to the question found in the Epistle of James. This woman lived among us, “wise and understanding.” She led a “good life” filled with the “humility that comes from wisdom.” Her reverence for the Bible and liturgy, her fresh and compelling style of writing and speaking, her wise and intelligent way of discussing complicated theological themes simply and her sense of humor and personal warmth will be greatly missed by many. She was a herald of wisdom and joy, a capacity developed through daily biblical study and liturgical celebration which led her to discover the profound religious potential of children. “How remarkable that a person of noble birth, a noted biblical scholar,[i] writer and educator who sat on the Vatican Council for Jewish-Christian relations (the SIDIC) would choose children and their relationship with God as the centerpiece of her life’s work.”[ii]
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[i]Over the years, Sofia Cavalletti contributed to several editions of the Bible translating Isaiah, Leviticus, Ruth, Esther, Judith and Proverbs, as well as writing for international publications on biblical studies.
[ii] Rebekah Rojcewicz, forward to The Religious Potential of the Child, 6-12 Years Old, Liturgy Training Publications, 2001.