Messy Family Minute #32: (Pandemic) Parents As Preachers

This is a Messy Family Minute with Mike and Alicia Hernon. 

In the document Lumen Gentium, the Church tells us,  “The family is, so to speak, the domestic church. In it, parents should, by their word and example, be the first preachers of the faith to their children”   This worldwide pandemic has made it even more clear that the spiritual responsibility for children rests firmly in the hands of parents.

Parents need to create an environment of prayer at home and then teach their children the tools of prayer. If prayer time (with little ones especially) becomes a wrestling match or playtime we suggest that you remove items of amusement, ignore distracting behavior from young children and then be an example to them by turning your own mind and heart to God.

If parents and older children have a heartfelt attitude of prayer, they set the right tone and example for their family. Remember, our heavenly Father loves our best efforts to honor him and will take our “messy” offerings and return them with grace and favor.

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