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Old Apr 28, '10, 12:34 pm
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Which reminds me of what we are taught about Mass, that we actually are in Heaven every time we attend it in a proper state of grace and we partake in the Eucharist...
this sidenote isn't meant to make you derail from the topic here. I actually think it is closely related.
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=Odell;6570174]We past a grave yard yesterday and my five year old asked what it was so I explained it to her. She knows Jesus rose from the dead. And so I explained our spirit goes to heaven when we are berried. I had no idea how to explain to her what our spirit is any help please?
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God loves us which is why He died on the Cross for us. Because God loves us so much everybody is given by God a soul, so that if we are good, we can live with Him forever.

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Not to derail, but your additional remark, Lapell, covers a topic we discussed a little with our pastor at Mass, that the Mass is the first step into heaven...and heaven is here on earth....

So we should always focus on helping the kingdom of God be present as best we can in this culture, and shower them with much love and peace.
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Hi. I have children and I explain it like this. "Close your eyes. Now take your finger and point to you. The real you. Where you are." (invariably they point to their chest or their head). "So Tommy, you are your chest? you are your nose? you are your toe?" They laugh and try to show me where they are inside. So I tell them to close their eyes again and point. "That, I say, is your soul. You are trying to point to the you in you that comes from God, that is not your toe or your eye or your finger, but is really you. That is the part that will separate from your body when you die and see God in heaven. It is the living you that will never die". You can extrapolate from there. The children seem to understand.
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Hi. I have children and I explain it like this. "Close your eyes. Now take your finger and point to you. The real you. Where you are." (invariably they point to their chest or their head). "So Tommy, you are your chest? you are your nose? you are your toe?" They laugh and try to show me where they are inside. So I tell them to close their eyes again and point. "That, I say, is your soul. You are trying to point to the you in you that comes from God, that is not your toe or your eye or your finger, but is really you. That is the part that will separate from your body when you die and see God in heaven. It is the living you that will never die". You can extrapolate from there. The children seem to understand.
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Just say this : the soul is the thinking part of a person. You can't see it, you can't touch it, you can't smell it, but you know it's there because it's working. It is a spirit. God is a spirit, The angels are spirits. But our soul is a diiferent kind of spirit because it is made to be with our body. Our body will die one day, but the soul will survive and eventually God will put it back with our new body and we shall live forever with Him.

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Did not think I was going to be satisfied had subject to teach a 5 year old. Verbum and elzermank thanks for your post very helpfull
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Elzermark,

Yes, that is a good one....you vs the body, having them point....excellent...I laugh a little because my kids listened to teen music, and there was a song that went on and on, 'You, you, you, you.............you, you ,you...', no way to demo it here.
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