Hi L.I.G.H.T. Families –
I woke up this morning to a blanket of snow, a one hour delay, and this posting on one of my friend’s Facebook walls.
“All children should be taught how to be quiet and reflective. The key to life is balance: rock concerts and symphonies, McDonalds and fine dining, baseball games and art museums, raucous laugh sessions and silence, SpongeBob Squarepants and the nature channel, family pizza night and family prayer. Kids cannot learn their place in the universe unless they first know what the universe holds.
I believe this, I think. The answers are in the quiet. We spend so much time teaching our kids to listen to us, but we should also teach them how to listen to God, truth, loving kindness.”
It reminded me of an article I read in Catholic Digest recently. I love that magazine, it’s a throwback from a childhood way to beat boredom at my Memere’s house, but so relevant today.
The following short excerpt really spoke to me and made me think of all of the fellow parents in the trenches at our L.I.G.H.T. Program. Both the quote above and the article below speak of how we can help equip our kids for life in the world today. And as we saw at this month’s Gathering, that world is broken, which means they need all the help they can get.
So whether you are one of those fellow-parents, or perhaps you know a parent or grandparent who might appreciate the sentiment – below is a statement on why our children should be familiar with the Bible.
“We’ll want to understand why our children need (to be familiar with the Bible): not simply to be better informed Christians or biblically literate (as important as those goals are), but to bring them in deeper contact with the Lord, now and for the rest of their lives.
Our children are growing up in a culture filled with voices and forces inimical to their well-being. And you and I both know that these are quite powerful, very loud, and persistent.
Forming children in the Faith means putting them on the path where they can be strengthened by the graces given to them in the sacramental and devotional life of the Church. It also means giving them another context for living and choosing – one different than contemporary culture gives them, one that is deeply true and real.
When we consciously and purposefully lead our children to listen to the lives of the saints and the story of salvation history as expressed in God’s Word, what we’re doing is leading them to a place in that very different landscape. We’re giving them a world where God’s voice speaks most loudly and human beings – weak, sinful, and flawed, just like us – are gratefully led by the voice to salvation and real peace.
More than anything else, our opportunity as parents and catechists is to teach our children how to listen and to whom to listen.
Guiding them to listen to the Lord in his Word in the Mass, the prayers of the Church, as lived out in the lives of the saints, and in the Bible itself is what we’re called to do – for our children and (in case we’ve forgotten) for ourselves, as well.”
[Excerpt from an article in the January 2013 edition of Catholic Digest, “Give them God’s Word.”]