I’m trying to help out a Catholic school teacher I know, but I need your help since I don’t have much experience with kids.
Last week one of her students (a 4th grader) said he was asked by his friend* ‘if he died tonight would he know he was going to heaven’* (starts early, doesn’t it?) This teacher is very good and has already told her kids they can be assured of their salvation, but that in the end, God is only one who judges us, and pointed out that even St. Paul didn’t judge himself.
Apparently the boy had the presence of mind to say this, but his friend didn’t let it drop. He told him ‘he was wrong, and that HE (the friend) was sure of HIS salvation’. The (Catholic) boy didn’t know how to respond to this and told her he felt ‘stupid and embarassed’.
Any tips I can pass along to this teacher? She would like to spend some time talking about this type of confrontation with her class.