Sofia Cavalletti 1917-2011

Authored by Mary Mirrione in Issue #33.3 of The Sower

Co-founder of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd

“Who among you is wise and understanding? Let him show his works by a good life in the humility that comes from wisdom…the wisdom from above is first of all pure, then peaceable, gentle, compliant, full of mercy and good fruits, without inconstancy or insincerity.” James 3:13, 17

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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