Author: Shirley Aaron

Should Catholic Parents Let Small Kids “Decide For Themselves” About The Faith? 

Should Catholic Parents Let Small Kids “Decide For Themselves” About The Faith? 

I feel the necessity to say this at least once a week to parents when it comes to their role in the spiritual development of their children:

You. Are. The. Parent.

When your child was baptized, you said you would take the lead in the spiritual and moral development of your children. This idea that you let your child decide if they are going to be involved in that development is a dereliction of duty.

I would assume good parents don’t let their child decide whether or not they go to school.

I would assume good parents don’t let their child determine their diet.

I would assume good parents don’t let their children determine their bed times. I would imagine good parents don’t let their children determine whether or not the child wants to obey their parents.

I would imagine good parents don’t let their child determine a lot of necessary and important facets in their child’s life.

Perhaps as the child gets older, more leeway is given to help the child decide… but to make good decisions.

Why on earth do we treat faith as if it is so personal and individual that the child decides whether they are going to participate in what builds their faith? Why would we let a child decide whether they go to Mass? Catholicism isn’t a buffet of choices. It is way of life.

We do this and then wonder why the child grows up to treat faith and belief like a buffet that they stylize to what they want. We do this and teach our children rebellion against God.

My job as a pastor is to call the parents to live up to the commitment they made at their child’s baptism. They weren’t just words. They were a promise made to God.

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Well said, now you know the answer is NO, Catholic Parents SHOULD NOT let their kids “decide for themselves” about the faith!

Written By Fr. Bill Peckman For ChurchPop. 

Fr. Bill Peckman is the pastor of Ss. Peter and Paul Parish in Boonville, MO and St. Joseph Parish in Fayette, MO.

Why You Should Be A Proud Catholic Amidst All The Recent Negative Reports! 

Why You Should Be A Proud Catholic Amidst All The Recent Negative Reports! 

This is worth reading:
THE CATHOLIC CHURCH
Excerpts of an article written by non-Catholic; Sam Miller – a prominent Cleveland Jewish businessman:
“Why would newspapers carry on a vendetta on one of the most important institutions that we have today in the United States, namely the Catholic Church?
Do you know – the Catholic Church educates 2.6 million students everyday at the cost to that Church of 10 billion dollars, and a savings on the other hand to the American taxpayer of 18 billion dollars. The graduates go on to graduate studies at the rate of 92%.
The Church has 230 colleges and universities in the U.S. with an enrollment of 700,000 students.
The Catholic Church has a non-profit hospital system of 637 hospitals, which account for hospital treatment of 1 out of every 5 people – not just Catholics – in the United States today.
But the press is vindictive and trying to totally denigrate in every way the Catholic Church in this country. They have blamed the disease of pedophilia on the Catholic Church, which is as irresponsible as blaming adultery on the institution of marriage.
Let me give you some figures that Catholics should know and remember. For example, 12% of the 300 Protestant clergy surveyed admitted to sexual intercourse with a parishioner; 38% acknowledged other inappropriate sexual contact in a study by the United Methodist Church , 41.8% of clergy women reported unwanted sexual behavior; 17% of laywomen have been sexually harassed. Meanwhile, 1.7% of the Catholic clergy has been found guilty of pedophilia. 10% of the Protestant ministers have been found guilty of pedophilia. This is not a Catholic problem.
A study of American priests showed that most are happy in the priesthood and find it even better than they had expected, and that most, if given the choice, would choose to be priests again in face of all this obnoxious PR the church has been receiving.
The Catholic Church is bleeding from self-inflicted wounds. The agony that Catholics have felt and suffered is not necessarily the fault of the Church. You have been hurt by a small number of wayward priests that have probably been totally weeded out by now and a number of bishops who failed to act.
Walk with your shoulders high and your head higher. Be a proud member of the most important non-governmental agency in the United States .
Then remember what Jeremiah said: ‘Stand by the roads, and look and ask for the ancient paths, where the good way is and walk in it, and find rest for your souls’. Be proud to speak up for your faith with pride and reverence and learn what your Church does for all other religions.
Be proud that you’re a Catholic.”
Please pass this on to every Catholic on your e-mail list, facebook and other social media platforms. 
And those that are not!

Why You Should Be A Proud Catholic Amidst All The Recent Negative Reports! 

Why You Should Be A Proud Catholic Amidst All The Recent Negative Reports! 

This is worth reading:
THE CATHOLIC CHURCH
Excerpts of an article written by non-Catholic; Sam Miller – a prominent Cleveland Jewish businessman:
“Why would newspapers carry on a vendetta on one of the most important institutions that we have today in the United States, namely the Catholic Church?
Do you know – the Catholic Church educates 2.6 million students everyday at the cost to that Church of 10 billion dollars, and a savings on the other hand to the American taxpayer of 18 billion dollars. The graduates go on to graduate studies at the rate of 92%.
The Church has 230 colleges and universities in the U.S. with an enrollment of 700,000 students.
The Catholic Church has a non-profit hospital system of 637 hospitals, which account for hospital treatment of 1 out of every 5 people – not just Catholics – in the United States today.
But the press is vindictive and trying to totally denigrate in every way the Catholic Church in this country. They have blamed the disease of pedophilia on the Catholic Church, which is as irresponsible as blaming adultery on the institution of marriage.
Let me give you some figures that Catholics should know and remember. For example, 12% of the 300 Protestant clergy surveyed admitted to sexual intercourse with a parishioner; 38% acknowledged other inappropriate sexual contact in a study by the United Methodist Church , 41.8% of clergy women reported unwanted sexual behavior; 17% of laywomen have been sexually harassed. Meanwhile, 1.7% of the Catholic clergy has been found guilty of pedophilia. 10% of the Protestant ministers have been found guilty of pedophilia. This is not a Catholic problem.
A study of American priests showed that most are happy in the priesthood and find it even better than they had expected, and that most, if given the choice, would choose to be priests again in face of all this obnoxious PR the church has been receiving.
The Catholic Church is bleeding from self-inflicted wounds. The agony that Catholics have felt and suffered is not necessarily the fault of the Church. You have been hurt by a small number of wayward priests that have probably been totally weeded out by now and a number of bishops who failed to act.
Walk with your shoulders high and your head higher. Be a proud member of the most important non-governmental agency in the United States .
Then remember what Jeremiah said: ‘Stand by the roads, and look and ask for the ancient paths, where the good way is and walk in it, and find rest for your souls’. Be proud to speak up for your faith with pride and reverence and learn what your Church does for all other religions.
Be proud that you’re a Catholic.”
Please pass this on to every Catholic on your e-mail list, facebook and other social media platforms. 
And those that are not!

Do Not Hinder The Children: Let Them Come To Jesus 

Do Not Hinder The Children: Let Them Come To Jesus 


​*Do not Hinder the Children; Let them Come to Jesus*

(Homily for August 18, 2018)
_“Let the children come to me, and do not hinder them; for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven. And he laid His hands on them and went away” *(Matthew 19:14-15).*_
Once upon a time, a parent asked a priest, “when is the right time to start teaching my child about God?” In response, the priest asked, “How old is your child?” And the child’s father said, “He is just two years old.” The priest said, “You are two years late.” 
Dear friends in Christ, one very common mistake we often make as parents is to assume children are too young to know or understand the things of God and by so doing, we indirectly hinder them from coming to Jesus. 
It is such an irony that we do not think twice before playing the latest secular music for a child on his/her first birthday but when it comes to prayer, the child is completely left out. Some children never get to know the meaning of prayer or develop a relationship with God even after learning all the alphabets. 
Jesus was not happy with the disciples because they were trying to prevent children from coming to him. A few days ago, we read of how Jesus said: “See that you do not despise one of these little ones; for I tell you that in heaven their angels always behold the face of my Father who is in heaven” (Matthew 18:10).
As a nation, the greatest injury we suffered was the forceful take-over of schools from the Christian missionaries. When learning became devoid of the God-aspect, we produced a generation of persons whose religiosity could not go beyond the skin, a generation of church/mosque-goers who draw a demarcation between the dictates of God and their everyday choices.
In our first reading, God explains to prophet Ezekiel that He shall not judge a person based on his/her parents’ righteousness rather everyone shall answer for his or her own deeds. This implies that no matter how good we are, our goodness will not benefit our children if they themselves are not good. We must, therefore, make every effort to bring our children up to know God, to love God and serve God.
If the only reason your child remembers to pray or read the Bible is that you told him so, then know that you have not done a good job. This is because such shallow spirituality is done only to please you. The moment that child steps out of the house, he or she quickly drops any religious attachment. 
Let us pray: Lord Jesus, may I be a bridge connecting my children with you. Amen

 

*Be Happy. Live Positive. Have Faith. It is well with you. God bless you. (Saturday of the 19th Week in Ordinary Time: Bible Study: Ezekiel 18:1-32, Psalm 51:12-19, Matthew 19:13-15).*
Fr. Abu.  
*Say a little prayer for me as i clock 6years in the priesthood today August 18th, 2018. Pray that God sustains me and contines to speak His word through this platform. Amen*🙏🏻

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