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How do your kids see heaven and hell? Better yet, how do YOU see heaven and hell? Jim Hogan explains how misconceptions of heaven and hell can deter us from fully committing ourselves to actually wanting to go to our heavenly home. In our added bonus question, he continues this discussion with more detail, inspiring our kids (and ourselves!) to look forward with joy to being with our Creator forever!
“Train a child in the way he should go; even when he is old, he will not swerve from it.” Proverbs 22:6
Here is a scripture that tugs at a parent’s heart! For many, this well-known Bible passage immediately conjures up a mixed bag of responses. Hope, motivation, doubt, fear…these are just some feelings that can instantly crop up when we come upon this simple verse.
The intention of this verse, of course, is to inspire us to teach our children the ways of God. It attempts to motivate us to push on through the challenges confronted each day in rearing our children and recognizes that we can be overwhelmed and discouraged. In its simplicity, this profound proverb demonstrates its understanding of the human weakness and endeavors to provide an assurance of hope and success.
The contemporary phrase “Don’t give up” could be considered a more recent equivalent to this scripture verse. However, it is astounding how different the implied messages are between the two. It would be far more fruitful to reflect on the Word of God that comes to us through the proverb form than to be tempted to rely on the use of the current catch-phrase.
As a parent, my greatest prayer is that my children understand their identity as children of God and grasp the goal of their existence here on earth. It is imperative to me that they understand the stark difference between the culture of our world and that of the Kingdom of God that they are expected to spread. They need to recognize that to rely on the “wisdom of the world” is to usher in unnecessary pain and suffering, fickle happiness and periods of hopelessness.
Are these what I wish for my children? Of course not! It is this reality that Proverbs alludes to. Parents in Old Testament times were well-aware of the clashing dissonance of the two “worlds of wisdom.” They, as we do now, longed for their children to experience the freedom, peace and joy that can only be found through the Wisdom of God, but struggled to make this clear amidst the chaos and infiltration of the “wisdom of the world” in their daily lives.
Today, that goal remains the same. We want the best for our children, to protect them from a world that wants to trick them into submission and steal their souls for its own survival.
Satan’s plan is a good one. But, God’s is better.
Many families struggle daily in raising their children, hoping and praying for the best. Most of us know families who have had a child embrace the wisdom of the world despite every effort made to prepare them to choose differently. Perhaps ours is one of these families. If this is the case, we can do several things. First, we can reflect honestly to see if our preparation and parenting decisions truly were optimum. In a world that convinces us to fall back on the idea that “well, we did our best,” sometimes we need to realize that it is possible that some changes could have been made that would have given an even greater chance at a better outcome for our child. We are NOT PERFECT. Only the God Whom we serve is. This practice is especially beneficial if we other children waiting in the wings. It is certainly no secret in my family that my younger children are getting the benefit of this reflection now. My oldest ones are very aware that many of my parenting decisions are quite different in recent years compared to those made when they were younger!
Once honestly considered, it is important to let go of any guilt that may crop up as a result. Guilt as a result of honest reflection can be a barrier to healing or a chance to motivate us to make changes for the better. If guilt is a real issue, I highly recommend and encourage you to seek out the Sacrament of Reconciliation and the guidance of a Spiritual Director.
Another action we must take is one of acceptance and offering to the Lord. The child who is making choices in conjunction with the wisdom of the world is our child, but he/she is also the Lord’s beloved, and He will never abandon His beloved. The decisions being made are according to his/her own will, and we MUST let perceived responsibility on our part be offered completely up to the Creator. Sow the seeds, but let God, the Divine Sower, mature them.
And, of course, pray. There is no substitute for prayer. Pray to your child’s patron saint, to his/her guardian angel, and to the ever-present love of our Blessed Mother.
Proverb 22:6 is telling us the truth. I could feasibly go on to write a book about the many “prodigal son” stories I have personally experienced throughout my life. They encourage me daily to never give up the cause to follow the Lord’s command and do my best to bring up my children in the ways of God. Will I make mistakes? You can depend on it. But, with God’s help and the intercession of Our Lady and the saints, I will heed His Word and help my children - these incredible gifts that He gave me - to seek His wisdom first and continue to spread the Kingdom of God here on earth.
In the next week, let’s take some time to reflect on our own take-away from Proverb 22:6. What is my initial reaction to reading it? Why might I be reacting this way? What might God be trying to tell me through it?
Through this time of “sitting with God,” may we find revelation and encouragement, remembering that we once, too, were children, and Our God harbored our hearts and cultivated us in His ways so that we, also, might never swerve from them.
What have you heard about the gift of prophecy?
What does the Church really teach about it?
Join our teens as they take a stroll through scripture and the catechism to present a unique discussion (equipped with bullet points!) on this often misunderstood Gift of the Holy Spirit!
What do you (or your kids) know about the concept of Purgatory?
It can be very confusing to some. Check out this fantastic way of explaining this deep concept in a way that even kids can understand!
Join us as we host Author and Theology Teacher Jim Hogan for his second video in our Faith Series!!
FINALLY...after months...it is here!!!
This song has been our most requested, and we are so excited to have it finally available. Here is a great way to learn and remember the Corporal Works of Mercy given to us by our Lord. We hope you enjoy this one!! Please check out our other ones as well, and don't forget to like and subscribe to our channel to see more! :)
May God continue to bless your summer!
Thanks to a request from one of our viewers, Justina has created this absolutely adorable saint charm that is sure to bring a smile! We truly hope you enjoy making this one...I melted when she showed it to me!
She's perfect to add to your charm collection or to give as a gift. And remember, kids can make them too!
St. Catherine of Siena, pray for us!
It would be impossible to express how excited we are to be able to have well-known Catholic Teacher and Author Jim Hogan coming on-board to do a fun faith series on the channel!
PLEASE share this with any kid you know. These quick videos will take concepts that are often very confusing for kids and explain them in a way that clarifies and goes far deeper than kids are often used to today. (A wonderful parent's helper!)
Mr. Hogan presents the topics in such an enlightening and fun way, and we know children will learn so much more, bringing them closer to their God and building in them a foundation "built on rock."
Our age recommendation for this video is 9 and up, but we encourage you to be the judge for your own child. Enjoy this fantastic new series!
Please also consider liking and subscribing to our channel for more Catholic faith and fun for families!!!
Discernment of Spirits...
This is definitely a VERY misunderstood gift of the Holy Spirit! What does the Church really teach about this mysterious gift? Check us out as we discuss it in our next video in our Gifts of the Holy Spirit series!
We would love to hear how YOU feel about this gift...leave us a comment and let us know!!
So many families go camping this time of year. That "off the grid," "down to earth" experience that takes place has a beautiful tendency to draw families closer together, creating memories to last a lifetime. Our family recently met cousins at our annual camping trip to WV, and Teen Take was together again! Taking advantage of the moment, they decided to do a unique taste challenge around a very apopros topic: testing s'mores-flavored products to see if they really taste like s'mores!
Join us to check out our surprising results! If you've already tried these products, let us know what YOU think in the comments under the video!
Hope you're having a blessed summer!
It is so easy to be stumped when someone asks the question, "What is the difference between wisdom and knowledge?" It is even more of a conundrum (see what I did there?) when we have to explain it in terms of our faith and the Church.
Julia and Justina try to clarify and put some "make sense know-how" into these often misunderstood and overlooked gifts of the Holy Spirit. Have questions? Just ask them in the comment section below the video on our channel. They will get back to you ASAP! :)
Hope your summer is going well and filled with family memory moments and fun times!
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