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Family Day and Faith-Filled Mealtimes

family eating dinner together

Family Day: A Day to Eat Dinner with Your Children, is an initiative that encourages families to eat together. Research by The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University has found that having regular family meals is one of the best strategies for improving a child’s chances of growing up physically, emotionally, and morally strong. It is good for children’s spiritual life as well.

 
 

Grace in Locked Rooms

by Eric Gurash

Before I do any planning or take action in my catechetical ministry, I try to pray for the particular graces I need to do the work Christ has entrusted to me.

lock and keyI begin by imagining that my life is like a house with many rooms. Much like in my own home, there’s the room I work really hard on to get “just right” when company is on the way—the room in which I am proud to sit and visit. Then there are the rooms I run through doing quick clean-ups in case guests catch a glance of them as they walk by. And there is the room where all the junk goes. That pile of newspapers forgotten beside the sofa gets tossed in there. The stray Legos waiting like landmines to be stepped on by guests end up there too. Of all the rooms in the house, that one stays locked.

 

Promoting Catholic Identity, Part 1: A Sense of Sacramentality

by Darcy Osby

candles and person praying the rosaryThe purpose of our catechesis is not simply to teach facts about the Catholic faith, but to pass on the Catholic faith. It is not enough for our children to know about Catholicism or go through the motions of being Catholic without identifying themselves as Catholic. Our identity is the orientation of our lives, our sense of who we are and our place in the world. If we want our children to fall in love with the Catholic faith and remain committed to it throughout their lives, we must foster in them a sense of Catholic identity so that the thought of losing their faith would mean losing a major part of themselves. This series will explore five characteristics of Catholic identity and how we can nurture those in our children.

   

God’s Gift of Forgiveness Through the Sacrament of Reconciliation

by Chris Sullivan

confessionalSince childhood I have approached the Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation with some fear and uncertainty. Not unlike many other Catholics I wonder, “Am I doing it right? Have I remembered everything I ought to confess? How long has it been since my last confession?”

I ought to go more often, and not because of any legal prescription. In fact, like the Eucharist, the Sacrament of Reconciliation is an opportunity to draw near to God.

 

The Spiritual Life of Catechists, Part 3: Personal Prayer

by Joyce Donahue

This is the third article in a series about the spiritual life of catechists, inspired by the list of characteristics in the National Directory for Catechesis.

woman praying with ScriptureCatechists are called to a strong prayer life, having not only a habit of regular personal prayer but a living relationship with God. The Catechism describes prayer as God’s gift, a covenant relationship, and communion of life in Christ. Through it, we discover God, who dwells in each human heart (CCC 2558–2565). A catechist with a well-developed prayer life will naturally be a better teacher and leader of prayer, so it is very important to find and recruit people who give evidence of a life of prayer and to assist them to deepen it through regular formation.

   

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