Gospel Message of Some Star-Bellied Sneetches

Although Dr. Seuss was born today, March 2, we’ll celebrate all month long (get a load of the cute Cat in the Hat snack at left and below, after a few bites!!). Today we watched a video on one of his most beloved books, The Sneetches. The kids loved it, and it helped teach them one of the great Gospel messages!

The Sneetches is a story common to people everywhere. It’s about 2 groups of characters, one of whom have stars on their bellies and one of whom have no “stars on thars.” Of course, the star-belly Sneetches think they are much better than the starless Sneetches … until the starless Sneetches manage to have stars put upon their own bellies.

Before they can forget who is who, the original star-belly Sneetches have their own stars removed, so they can retain their difference and superiority. The story grows ridiculous as the Sneetches race through a star-making and star-deleting machine, adding and erasing stars faster and faster.

The moral of the story is – you guessed it! – it doesn’t matter who has a star and who does not. Sneetches are Sneetches, period.

What a great lesson for Catholic preschool students! They really got the message that it doesn’t matter what a person does or doesn’t have. We all are blessed with special gifts from God. We all are special and unique and must treat each other with respect.

I love when I can teach from the Rule of Benedict, and the Sneetches are a perfect illustration: We are to greet (and treat) each person we meet as if she or he was Jesus Christ.

We share and talk that it does not matter what a person has or does not have or what a person looks like that we are all gift from God and those gift are special. God made each person unique and special and we all need to treat each other that way. Just as it is said in the Rule of St. Benedict: we need to treat each person we meet as Christ.

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