For most of this year we have been following the liturgical cycle of the church showing and teaching our children how the church celebrates different feasts. I think this is beautiful way to show our children that we live our faith every day and the Church provides a model for that.
Now we enter into a period called Ordinary Time. On the outside this sounds dull and not as exciting. However, the root of the word “ordinary” has a greater meaning. Check out this brief article highlighting the root of the word ordinary and why we use the color green: Ordinary Time
The challenge here is for us as parents to continue to grow as disciples and to encourage growth in our children. It is easy to relax and want to “take it easy” after the holidays and put our faith on the back burner until Lent starts (in a month), but we would be missing out on what the Lord wants to teach us now.
Here is a brief article for you to read about Sticky Faith and hopefully this will challenge you to grow so your children will grow.
With everything that is going on in the world from the pandemic to the civil unrest now is preciously the time to turn to the Lord day in and day out. Our faith can be strengthened in these trying times so look for opportunities to grow in your faith and to help your children grow in theirs.
Here is a nice article from child psychologist, Dr. Joseph White on how we can talk to our children about coping with difficult news: Help Children Cope with Difficult News
Lastly, for an activity this week I would encourage you to sit down to create a family vison or family mission statement. With the New Year still fresh in our minds this is a good time to concretely talk about what changes you need to make as family. 2020 is behind us now and as we move forward, let us learn from the past and strive to grow in the future. Here is a nice guide for you to make your Family Mission Statement