Pope Benedict XVI Asks Parents to Teach Their Children with Joy

Parents should be positive role models in their children’s lives. This means teaching them about simple things like right and wrong, and more importantly setting a good example for them to follow. Children tend to learn best from watching their parents do things. Children will act the way their parents do because that is what they think is right.

Pope Benedict XVI recently urged parents to become more active in sharing the faith with their children. Not only does he wish for parents to be actively involved in teaching their children about the Church, but he also wants them to be joyful when they do it. This idea goes back to the notion that children learn by watching. If a child sees their parent being joyful when speaking about their faith, it will excite them to become involved as well. Explaining your beliefs simply and clearly to your children can go a long way as far as affecting them in their spiritual growth.

To read more about Pope Benedict’s request read this story: Pope Counsels Parents to Share with Joy

How do you teach your children about your faith at home?

Trouble Choosing God Parents

I found this interesting question over on Catholic Answers Forum this morning and thought I would share my thoughts on the couple’s situation. The question at hand is difficult, but I do believe there is a path the couple could take that would certainly be the best for them and their child.

“Our little girl is 3 weeks old now and we are very excited to have her baptized. However, she does not have godparents yet. We have an idea of who we could pick, but their son is in the hospital right now and they are literally there every day but Sunday during the day. Because of the hard times they are going through with their little boy (this is my friend that I posted a prayer request about for her newborn son if anyone recognizes my SN) we don’t want to ask them right now to be godparents. Although I’m sure they would be overjoyed, this just isn’t the time to ask, I don’t think.

There is honestly no telling when and, frankly, if their son will be out of the hospital, so when it comes to the baptism class and even just asking them to be her godparents, we’re not sure what to do” – “Baptism – The Waiting Game”

This couple really seems to favor having their friends as their child’s godparents and I do not think the situation at hand should stop them. They should explain the situation to them about how they want them to be godparents to their daughter. I am sure they will be thrilled to hear the news. They can say that they know it is a tough time for the couple and that perhaps they could still be the godparents, but have others take their place at the ceremony. Maybe one of them could attend the classes and be present at the baptism, you only need one godparent after all. Both could still be considered the godparents of the child. They could also ask if there would be a good time for the couple to attend the classes and ceremony, and see what they have to say about it. There are a few choices that could be made that would make the situation work out I think. Either way I am going to suggest the couple visit The Catholic Gift Shop and take a look at their Baptism Gifts section. I stumbled upon this site the other day and they have a really great selection of beautiful religious gifts.

A Problem Faced By Many Catholic Parents

So I was over on The Catholic Answers Forum today, and I saw this posting left by a mother who is having a lot of trouble bringing her kids to Mass. I have seen many others struggling with their children acting up at Mass and this is a prime example.

“I really need a lot of prayers with this. I really struggle with being at mass with my kids(especially the youngest two ages 1 and 2). In fact many days I just dread it. We last maybe 15 minutes in the pews before one of them wants to walk/crawl around or starts to get loud. I’m usually the only one who tries at all to keep the little ones quiet. We already have to separate the older two to keep them from goofing around. They in turn try to play with the babies and just make matters worse. We’ve tried sitting in the front, but that is always disastrous and I end up walking out anyway with both babies in front of the whole congregation.” – “I Dread Going to Mass Because of My Kids”

As you could probably expect, this is quite a common issue in the Catholic Church. As much as parents or guardians may not like to admit it, a church is not a very sensible place to bring children. However, it is something that does need to be done because you still need to attend Mass on a regular basis. Getting children acquainted with Mass early in life isn’t a bad thing either. With very young children such as the ones discussed above, it can be troublesome to find ways to keep them from causing disturbances during Mass. However, once children are older than one or two years old, you should be able to communicate a way to keep them from acting up during Mass. If you teach them that poor behavior during Mass has repercussions, while good behavior brings rewards it might lead to positive results to you and your family.