Sofia Cavalletti

“The child will be our teacher if we know how to observe.”
— Sofia Cavalletti

We have learned that Sofia Cavalletti is dying in Rome. A Hebrew and scripture scholar, Sofia collaborated with Montessorian Gianna Gobbi to develop the Montessori-based “Catechesis of the Good Shepherd.” Since its very humble beginnings in 1954, the Catechesis has spread to at least thirty-five countries. What an impact one life has had.

The words that have been on Sofia’s lips as she prepares for death are the words of the Shema: “Hear, O Israel, the LORD your God, the LORD is One!”

Countless children (including our students) have encountered the blessing of this woman’s life work, and countless adults have experienced the profound, peace-filled impact of observing in respectful awe the child’s encounter with this blessing.

Thank you, Sofia.

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