Jeanne Stevenson-Moessner is professor of pastoral care at Southern Methodist University. She has served as an associate professor at the University of Dubuque Theological Seminary and a Henry Luce III Fellow in Theology.
Father Ron meant well. He would never have intentionally excluded some children from his sermon. It was Wednesday mass, and the congregation was primarily children—kindergartners through eighth-graders—with a sprinkling of teachers, administrators and parents. The text was Colossians 1:15: Christ is “the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation.”