Monday, July 19, 2010

Raising children to stay in the faith

I was reading a post over at Conversion Diary about how to raise children in the Christian faith and raise so that they will stay faithful Christians. The author grew up as an atheist and later converted to Catholicism and so has no background on how to raise a Christian family. She has been asking different Moms how they go about it and different people how their parents went about it. She goes on that of course Christian life is not about formula, but about a relationship with God. She noted 3 common elements in families where the children remained in the faith:

  1. The parents prayed for their children to have faith

  2. The children saw the parents rely on God in real, concrete ways (e.g. if the father didn't get a big promotion at work he'd pray about what God wanted him to do next, express trust that God would bring good out of the situation, etc.)

  3. The parents and children prayed together at least occasionally
The only thing I would add is that it is very important to make sure your children are receiving the sacraments. At the least baptism because prayer and a prayerful example are one thing, but you need your children to also enter into the covenant with God. A relationship with God is paramount and nothing says relationship like a binding covenant. Moreover, insisting upon your children receiving the sacraments (as long as you also receive them) sets an example and one should never underestimate the power of grace received in them, most especially the Eucharist.

May God bless all those who read my ramblings,

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