Wednesday, April 05, 2006

Keeping your kids Catholic

This article, which centers around a presentation given by Marcellino D'Ambrosio, appeared in the Catholic Explorer of the Diocese of Joliet, Ill.: Theologian urges Kankakee faithful to keep kids Catholic

Among his advice:

Describing a technique that he and his wife, Susan, have employed in their home over the years to help their children “bond with the church,” D’Ambrosio encouraged the parents gathered to regularly invite clergymen, religious sisters or “any adults who are really living their faith” into their homes for dinner. The examples of people totally devoted to the faith underscores the goodness of the Catholic Church, he said. In the meantime, witnessing the lives of these individuals and their inspirational deeds could stir the young people to pursue religious vocations in the future. He revealed that his two eldest sons are currently pondering the notion of pursuing the priesthood.

Meanwhile, he suggested that parents and others surround their children with books and movies that explore the themes of right and wrong. He cited “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy and “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” as prime examples of current films that emphasize the triumphs of good over evil. “There is so much doctrine in those movies.” Offering spiritually charged musical selections is also an established method for grabbing the interest of young people at Masses, he added.

Good advice -- though I don't have any young ones yet, it's simple things like dinner with friends and good books that really help to keep my faith alive (outside of the sacraments, of course).

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