We don’t get to choose our kids. Yet as I consider our nine children, I see they were perfectly chosen. Each brings a different personality and a unique perspective to our family life. Raising a large family is not easy. Along with the different personalities and unique perspectives comes inevitable conflict and stress. There are plenty of challenges. Yet blessings abound. In anticipation of writing this blog post, I posed the following question to my children (via text message to the older ones not living at home): What is your favorite thing about growing up in a large family?
When my children were all young, and followed me like little ducklings, I didn’t worry about Saint Augustine’s words so much. However, as my children grew up and were no longer in a nice little line behind me, I began to wonder: what if they didn’t cooperate with God? What if they strayed from their faith? These worries can’t be mine alone. I am certain that other mothers and fathers have the same concerns. We work hard to bring our children up in a good Christian home. We instill in them the Catholic faith.
“The loveliest masterpiece of the heart of God is the heart of a mother,” said Saint Therese of Lisieux. Only a mother knows the depth of her love for her children. She is a beautiful reflection of God’s love for us. Each soul was created by Him, and is His child. And since a mother wants the best for her children, this means that, ultimately, she wants them to be with God in heaven one day, rejoicing eternally.
Gianna was an adventurous woman who loved skiing and mountaineering. She studied medicine in college while also serving others through Catholic Action and the St. Vincent de Paul Society. She earned degrees in Medicine and Surgery from the University of Pavia in 1949. After opening her own medical clinic she gave special attention to mothers, babies, the elderly and the poor, inspiring her to specialize in Pediatrics at the University of Milan in 1952.
I once dreamed that I had passed away. I never saw my body, but I knew it was me. Being aware that I didn’t belong anymore to this world, the only thing that came to my mind was that this couldn’t be possible; that I wasn’t ready to leave; that I still had important things to do. What were those things?
While most Latinos are raised Catholic as children, fewer and fewer of them are staying Catholic as adults, or raising their kids Catholic – even though the Catholic faith remains the dominant religion among Latinos. This is why a strong sacramental practice and a deep prayer life are necessary tools to keep yourself close to Christ and the Church he founded. As parents, you need to guide your child’s steps too. You might not know everything, but when you teach, you learn, too. So, let’s get familiar with these practical rules to help you and your child stay rooted in the Catholic Faith:
I was born and raised Catholic, but I considered the use of veils during Mass as an old-fashioned tradition for older women and Evangelicals (in Latin America Protestant Evangelical women use them the most).
Then one day my husband, a faithful Catholic, gave me a fine purple mantilla imported from Spain. I was offended! What was he trying to say?!
Parents shop for their boys fine attire and the perfect dress for girls – sometimes so fancy that it looks like an early wedding ceremony! There is nothing wrong with that unless we lose sight of the real meaning and think that it is all about la fiestecita. So, there is a question: is First Communion just a tradition, or a religious conviction?
Mother’s Day is right around the corner!
Perhaps you know the feeling: rushing through a mall the afternoon before Mother’s Day and emerging with an item that, in your opinion, is less than memorable. We’ve been there, so let us suggest some meaningful gift ideas for a Catholic mom.
Attention all sons, daughters, and husbands: Mother’s Day is next weekend! If you don’t have any gifts lined up yet, you don’t have to panic . . . we’ve got you covered. We’ve lined up some great inspirational gifts your moms and wives are sure to love, making you an instant favorite. Listed below are four great Mother’s Day gift ideas (with a Catholic twist of course) that will ensure your mom will have a pleasurable and relaxing Mother’s Day. Making mom happy is your #1 priority on the second Sunday in May.