During the fall our 10-year-old plays football for our parish school. Games are scheduled for 10:30 and 11:30 a.m on Sunday mornings — right in the heart of Mass times. Occasionally he and a smattering of teammates could be found kneeling in the pew at 9 a.m. Mass in cleats and football pants — their helmets and shoulder pads waiting patiently in the car. Yes, there are plenty of Mass options in our area, but it never made sense that a Catholic organization would put something in the way of families attending their preferred church at their preferred time. It seems counterintuitive to the mission of the Church. Apparently I’m not the only one who feels this way.
Perhaps it is because Jesus is the Light of the World, but there is no doubt we love light, especially in the summertime. And, we love everything LIGHT about the […]
We live in an age and culture that emphasizes comfort, convenience and expediency. Yet, our faith is full of admonitions to “wait upon the Lord” and persevere in the face of struggle. How can we instill the virtues of determination and patience in our children?
As we slouch toward the end of the school year, I send my kids out the door each morning with the same refrain: “Finish strong!” I call to them as they head to the bus stop. They placate me with an insincere thumbs-up or grumble something I can’t quite make out, but at least I know they heard me. Here are four ways to help kids push themselves across their finish lines.
May is a month that is filled with momentous occasions. There are first Communions and confirmations. You might also have a wedding or a baptism in your family. These events are all sacraments. But do you realize that some of the more ordinary activities in our lives also allow us to experience God’s grace, too?