Category Archives: Raising a Catholic Child

I’m So Excited

PrayerPosition_BoyGreen. . . and I just can’t hide it! But I must. At least for a little while longer.

I received some very exciting news {exciting to me anyway} and I may burst before I can share it. The ideas are already swirling around in my head. I just hope I can get them all down on paper before they float away. You’d think I’d use this handy-dandy iPhone to take down notes, but that would be too easy.

With my new endeavor comes new research. The internet {and a few books I’ve purchased} is full of wonderful ideas to incorporate with my own. I’ll be posting my favorite ideas soon, so stay tuned! Things may never be the same.

How Santa Stole CHRISTmas!

It’s November again, meaning the holidays are just around the corner. I cannot believe how fast it comes around when you’re all grown up. I used to hear my mother say how time would fly, but man, I didn’t realize that she meant lightening speed. And I am just not ready in more ways than one.

Nativity-SceneThis particular holiday season proved an upcoming dilemma for my husband and me.  Our little one is not so little anymore. She’s the big 1-1. 6th grade. And still believes in Santa Claus.  But it’s not her fault. Her friends have already told her that he’s not real, but she didn’t believe her friends because Mama and Daddy were telling her that her friends were wrong. DENY. DENY. DENY. “Of course he’s real. Don’t be ridiculous. I don’t have time to do all of the stuff Santa does. Your friends are probably just mad because Santa only brings underwear to the kids who don’t believe!”

And then she told us that she argues with the kids at school about it.  Oh no! What have I done?! My kiddo is going to be made fun of because we’re not ready for her to grow up yet.  So we put on our big parent pants and let her in on the secret of Claus {and when I say we, I mean me, mean old Mama *Sigh*}.

Prayer and Religion in Public Schools

ImageI’ve been biting my tongue about this issue for quite some time, but I see it come up more and more on social media. The latest graphic I’ve noticed everywhere (pictured to the right) is of an incarcerated man reading what appears to be a Bible and a caption that basically says if children could read the Bible in school they wouldn’t end up in prison. My first thought is that my daughter can read the Bible and pray at her public school.  It is not allowed as part of a curriculum, but she can do it on her own.

My second thought is about the parents.  Where do the parents fit into this scenario? Are they at church every week dragging these children kicking and screaming? Are they at home every night reading Bible stories to these children at bedtime? If so, these children should know right from wrong and chances are may not end up in prison. Or are the parents depending on someone else to teach these children about God like most expect Sunday school teachers to do for them? It is my responsibility and mine alone as a parent to teach my child about God and our faith.  No one else’s.  It is my responsibility to lead her down the right path.  She may stray from that path a few times.  That’s why I will never leave her side.  Just as my mother has never left mine.

So then it progresses to the teaching of God and religion in public school and not just reading the Bible. Yes, I believe children’s education about the various religions and beliefs of the world is important, but there are many religions to which I do not want my young, vulnerable child exposed.  But also, I don’t want just anyone teaching my daughter about Catholicism. What steps would be taken by public schools to ensure they have someone qualified enough?

I wish we lived in a world I could send my daughter to public school to receive a private Catholic school education.  But that’s the problem.  There’s no guarantee the religion you want taught in public schools will be the religion and faith you practice and believe.

Take responsibility for your own children and their religious education.

Isaiah 40:26 Lift up your eyes on high, and see who hath created these things: who bringeth out their host by number, and calleth them all by their names: by the greatness of his might, and strength, and power, not one of them was missing.

Do You Seriously Think God Can’t Use You?

Do You Seriously Think God Can't Use You?

I wish I knew the designer of this graphic. I would really like to give them credit.

Yes, I seriously thought God couldn’t use me. During every Mass I ask God to come into my heart and allow Him to work through me and yet I never feel adequate enough for it. Seeing this has made me realize priests, monks, and nuns aren’t the only worthy tool of God’s hand.

The Bible verse is 1 Corinthians 1:26-29 – [26] For see your vocation, brethren, that there are not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble: [27] But the foolish things of the world hath God chosen, that he may confound the wise; and the weak things of the world hath God chosen, that he may confound the strong. [28] And the base things of the world, and the things that are contemptible, hath God chosen, and things that are not, that he might bring to nought things that are: [29] That no flesh should glory in his sight.

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