Is your child a saint?

While a dismissive snort and a quick listing of a child’s misbehaviors for the week might be most parents’ first answer to any question of their child’s possible sainthood, Catholic tradition asks us to go deeper. In baptism all children are called to holiness—and parents and godparents are given the responsibility for helping children stay on course.

Dorothy Day wrote, “We must combat the notion that only a few are called to sanctity. We are all called to be saints. God expects something from each of us that no one else can do. If we don’t, it will not be done.”

Our greatest gift to our children is to recognize that they have their own call from God and to help them see what it is that God may be expecting of them. Our saints-in-the-making will still forget to put their breakfast dishes in the sink, fight with their siblings, and require time-outs, but when we as parents keep our vision on the larger goal of helping them become the people God created them to be, we’ll change how we approach these daily challenges.

—by Annemarie Scobey  from the pages of At Home with Our Faith, Claretian Publications’ print newsletter for parents on nurturing spirituality in the home. Winner of the 2010 and 2011 General Excellence award from the Catholic Press Association. Here’s a sample issue.

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