Multiple Intelligences and Faith Formation: Some thoughts on Chapter 4:
This chapter suggests four viewpoints to consider when preparing to share the faith. The first is “to be open to the Spirit.” This presumes that we ask the Spirit in prayer to inspire and guide our efforts. Next, the author explains that too much detail could distract from the essence of the lesson.
The third item to consider invites us to become aware of the moral development stages of children. Page 43 describes this typical arc of concern and understanding to do the right thing. Hopefully, we all grow beyond the primitive motivating factor of “fear of punishment,” towards questioning rules in order to understand and make them our own. A story about Jane, a fourth grader, who developed a nuanced understanding of the worth of the prodigal son, exemplifies the maturing understanding of mercy and forgiveness, worth and context. Moving beyond the “black and white” stage of behavior is a life journey.
Next, using play and games to evangelize brings joy and life to the endeavor. This might be the way to “touch their hearts and move them to a greater understanding of God in their life.”
In summary, the most important factor is being open to the Spirit. If you are allowing yourself to be guided in this way, the other aspects will fall into place.