Sister Gayle Hurban

Pope Francis has said that this Extraordinary Jubilee Year is “dedicated to living out in our daily lives the mercy which the Father constantly extends to all of us.” Througout this Jubilee Year, we have shared reflections from School Sisters of Notre Dame on Pope Francis’ message, how they rediscovered the works of mercy and how they practice these works of mercy, working them into their everyday lives.

Students in Sister Gail Hurban’s class have become more open to forgiving each other and even asking for forgiveness from others.

Teaching children to be more forgiving

In my Early Childhood Montessori Class at Immaculate Conception in Rio Grande City, Texas, we pray the Chaplet of Divine Mercy. The students pray the words along with the teachers. Since we started, the children have been more open to forgiving each other and even asking for forgiveness from others.

When you are three and four, the words do not come easy. When I make a mistake I sing, “I’m sorry, so sorry, please accept my apology.” The children are always eager to forgive me and say, “That’s o.k., Sister.”

I, in turn, quickly forgive them when they need forgiveness. When I needed to be forgiven, I even had a child sing back to me, “That’s o.k., Sister. It was just an accident.” It made me feel special to know that he cared enough to sing in response to me.

– Sister Gayle Hurban, SSND