Messy Family Minute #8: More Than Words

The deepest desire for many of us as parents is to pass on the faith to our children and to do that, parents must be very intentional. First, we need to look at ourselves and live our faith authentically because more is caught than taught. Most kids, especially teens, sense hypocrisy quickly, so we need to live a life of humility by asking for forgiveness, acting with charity, and loving generously.

Next, create a unified Catholic culture in your family. We are called to be in the world but not OF the world, so we cannot be afraid to be counter-cultural. And last, don’t protect children from every failure, because suffering brings maturity. We need to remember that Christ promised us the cross but He also promised to be with us every step of the way. When we teach this to our children we are guiding them into a mature faith in Christ, Who will satisfy all the longings of their hearts.

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