Our family is settling into our summer routine. Chore charts have been made, summer activities have begun, and we’ve already made a few trips to the pool. But one of the things I love most about summer is the extra time it gives our family to focus on one aspect of our faith. This summer, my children and I are exploring the Spiritual Works of Mercy together. Here’s a sample of the summary of our plan that I posted over at catholicap.com:
The Spiritual Works of Mercy move beyond the needs of the body to the needs of the soul. They nurture others at a profound level, bringing them into deeper union with others and with God. We are sometimes presented with the opportunity to carry out these works of mercy when we least expect it. The practical suggestions below will help even small children feel prepared for those unexpected moments. Pray the Holy Spirit prayer that accompanies each work of mercy so that you will “not worry about how you are to speak or what you are to say.” Trust that, through the gifts of the Holy Spirit, “you will be given at that moment what you are to say.” (Matt 10:19)
1. Admonish the sinner
Don’t be afraid to tell your children (who have reached the age of reason) that immoral behavior is an objective sin. (“Playing my smartphone when I told you not to was disobedience. That was wrong and a sin.”)
Encourage your children to charitably remind their siblings or friends of the right thing to do when they see a bad choice being made. Role play some example scenarios.
Holy Spirit, please give me the fortitude I need to speak up for what is right and encourage others to follow God’s commandments.
2. Instruct the uninformed
Have older siblings teach a Bible story or a principle of our Catholic faith to younger siblings. Get creative with a puppet show, play, or craft!
Ask one of your children to invite a non-Catholic friend to a fun parish event.
Holy Spirit, please fill me with Your gift of understanding, so that I can teach others the Truth about my Catholic faith. Read more…
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