Wednesday, January 27, 2010

How to Raise Good Catholic Kids

I love this painting. This is what I want, to take my children by the hand and lead them straight to God.

Sometimes it's easier said than done. I use the site for lots of things, like how to make a skirt, or how to fix the noise my washing machine is making. Who knew the site would have simple tips everyone could do to make a start at raising good Catholic children.

I love the side bar that tells you what you will need. The list includes- perseverance, Bible, and Rosaries.

Take a look at the four steps it takes to get your children on their way to becoming good Catholics HERE.

You can always look at How to Avoid Grizzly Bears While Hiking later.


Cathy Adamkiewicz said...

All great suggestions, and ones I have applied (sometimes!) over the years. But my kids will never arrive to church "perfectly pressed" and we have a LONG way to go! Thanks for sharing this!

Soul Pockets said...

Haaa Haaa perfectly pressed, those words are not even in my vocabulary! But know this, your family has been my inspiration for quite some time. Even if they are a little wrinkly.

Anonymous said...

I'm sorry to tell you but there's no such thing as a "good" catholic and a "bad" catholic because every culture (and any individual who reads carefully) has interpreted the bible in a different way and we don't know which way is "right", just look across the globe and see how much gozillion interpretations there are. And these definitions fluctuate with time (ie: 150 years ago the church prohibited marriage between blacks and whites (actually the church supported slavery and mass murder), now they overtly prohibit the love between two people of the same genitilia...). So now they say "this is what we have to believe because I say so," but in a couple decades they will very possibly say the opposite. The debate goes on and on.

And I can tell you from personal experience and from the experience of many friends and colleagues, having this black-white bad-good dual mentality makes life really tough and often very painful for kids and teenagers who don't fit in this limited vision (adults too!). Humans are naturally incredibly diverse and we can't be entirely molded to be the way someone else wants us to, and why should we anyhow? We should be accepting of all our natural differences, from all the shades in between black and white, masculinity to femininity, left-wing to right-wing, heterosexual and homosexual, and the diversity of religions and non-religions out there...etc. There is so much to be learned in the pursuit of peace and happiness, why limit onself, it exludes and represses/hurts others. If you research about the reasons why teenagers commit suicide it often trickles back to the pressure their parents or their church put on them to be a certain closed way.


Soul Pockets said...

Megan, thank you for your comment. I do agree that there are many who interpret the Bible differently. The Catholic Church has interpreted the Bible the same way since the Catholic church gave us the Bible. Those that broke away from the Catholic Church are the ones who decided they did not agree with the Church's interpretation and it went on from there. I don't think the Church will ever "change" the way they interpret Scripture, because since they gave us the Bible it has been the same. That is a very long time!

All my children our different and we celebrate their differences. But in one way they are all the same, they are Children of God. My children are not forced to be Catholic it is who they are. They don't need to search to "find themselves" like so many teens do and come up empty. (I was one of those) They know their purpose, they know even though they may not fit into the world or cliques, they fit in with God always. So I am not too worried about pressure or suicide, although those are very serious matters.

Our faith is a faith of love, and to us the one true faith

I am sure you could write books about the wrong deeds of the Church, that is the first thing many Non-Catholics will bring up to make their point. And sure the Church is made up of humans, humans that sin. But the truth the Church teaches about God is still true.

For example, you go to the doctor, and this doctor is a heavy smoker and obese. He tells you smoking and over eating are bad, and exercise and eating right are good. Are you going to disregard the truth he is saying because he is not following that truth?

Megan, I feel I am giving my children the best head start on their pursuit to peace and happiness. It is in themselves and within God and his church. I appreciate your comment. Thank you.