God is love. In any moment of love—smiling over an ice cream cone, a hug after a lost soccer game, a laugh between siblings—God is present. Say it out loud to your kids. “This love we are feeling right now, this peace—this is what we mean when we say God is love.”
Commit to your own faith development. Take a class, join a prayer group, read a spiritual book. Get yourself to a place where you have something to say about faith because of your own personal experience.
Expect the grace. When you and your children go to Mass or reconciliation, expect to see the grace of God as a result. Talk about the grace you each need for the difficult things in your life—and discuss with your children when you feel the grace of God and are able to better navigate those difficulties.
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 Best in Class award in 2014 from the Associated Church Press, as well as a First Place General Excellence award from the Catholic Press Association for four years running. Here’s a sample issue.
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