Let us never forget the love of Jesus for children, whom he took upon his lap and blessed.

Blessed Mary believed strongly that a child's need for love, safety and food were as important as formal education. At the age of fifteen, she was already a certified teacher at a school for girls near Regensburg. She was a very gifted educator whose enthusiastic and encouraging acceptance of the children soon made her a beloved teacher. Mother Mary Theresa's life work, helping women and children grow to their greatest potential, was a founding principle of the School Sisters of Notre Dame.  She brought the order and the mission of educating girls to America, following the wave of German immigration. Within a year, they established a presence in seven cities. (From Catholic Fire Blog spot)