Have one of your brothers or sisters or even a friend gotten really sick? Were you told to stay away from them so you wouldn’t get sick? St. Aloysius Gonzaga took that risk! He grew up in a very wealthy family. His father wanted him to be a soldier “just like him!” In fact, at the age of 4 years old, he began his training as a soldier and a courtier (a person who works as an advisor or companion to the king or queen). Granted, Aloysius lived 450 years ago. But still that was a young age to begin training.
Pope Benedict XVI recommended that children be taught to appreciate spending time in the presence of the Eucharist as part of their preparation for First Communion. But how do you introduce kids to this vital prayer practice? Here are a few tips.
Teach your kids lectio divina, the ancient practice of praying with Scripture. Here’s what to do, including a guided prayer service and resources to help.
Teach your kids the many ways that Catholics practice meditative prayer so they can experience the fruits of this rich spiritual tradition, now and as adults. Here’s how.
Dorothy Day is one of four Americans that Pope Francis held up as worthy of imitation. Her story can inspire your kids, too. Here’s a short sketch of her life, five lessons to pass along to kids, a free coloring page, and one of her childhood stories imagining a world in which love and justice prevail.