Our Catholic life is full of celebration. Solemnities, feasts, first sacraments and birthdays are all cause for celebrations, and we plan our lives around them. Celebrations are important, even integral to our happiness. To celebrate means, in part, to solemnly observe and commemorate with festivities. A priest celebrates the Mass. And for Catholics, our personal celebrations are enhanced by a deep connection to the holy Eucharist.
It is always good to talk with our children, but certain great conversations truly make a difference, echoing in their minds throughout their lives. We parents (and grandparents) possess a unique ability to initiate and guide these conversations so that our children can discover their primary identity as a son or daughter of God.
We must show the elderly and terminally ill that they are not a burden, and their suffering is not meaningless
Trace the path of faith through your family’s history
To be human is to be grounded by our bodies, and we must come to term with their limits
Last month’s column covered some of the key teachings from St. John Paul II’s Theology of the Body that can help form our students in a whole and holy approach to understanding the body and sexuality. Growing up in a culture where relativism and a radical sense of autonomy influence our moral thinking, children and teens can be easily persuaded by secular ideas about the body, such as:
Bearing wrongs patiently can lead to happier outcomes