Many Catholic parents are tempted to leave the religious education and spiritual formation of their children up to their parish or Catholic school. Professional catechist, popular blogger, and father of two, Marc Cardaronella has a passionate plea for those parents: be your child’s primary educator in the faith by what you do and say. This practical guide gives parents what they need to be a bigger partner in handing on the faith to their children by creating a faith-nurturing environment at home.
When Marc Cardaronella started his job as a catechist, he could empathize with parents who came to him to talk about how their now-grown children had left the Church because he had been there: Despite years of religious education and regular Mass attendance, Cardaronella never really practiced his faith. He fell away from the Church right after his Confirmation and stayed away for twenty years. Now it’s his mission to equip families like yours to hand on your faith.
His passionate message is that the kind of faith formation children need is not taught in standard religious education classes and probably never will be. Cardaronella is on a quest to help you fill the gaps by first strengthening your own faith—opening your heart to God, practicing trust, clearing away obstacles to God’s grace, and creating regular prayer and study routines at home. He gives you the tools to pass that faith on to your kids and make it stick by teaching you how to pray with your children consistently, about adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, the power of the Examen prayer, and how to motivate your kids to be engaged in parish life and Christian outreach.
Keep Your Kids Catholic offers equal shares of inspiration, challenge, and practical advice. Each chapter includes Reflect, Pray, and Live sections to help you integrate Cardaronella’s message into family life.
Keep Your Kids Catholic by Marc Cardaronella is a beautifully written resource for parents as well as grandparents to aid in the development of their children’s Catholic faith. Drawing from his vast educational and personal experience Mr. Cardaronella effectively demonstrates that parents are their children’s first and foremost educators of the faith. While religion and CCD programs give children the basics and history of the church, children need to experience living examples of their faith being exhibited on a daily basis by their parents and close family members.
Mr. Cardaronella proves if parents want to be influential and effective in regards to their children’s formation of faith they must have their own personal relationship with God and their own plan for continued spiritual growth and development. Children learn by example and parents are responsible to make sure they are that living example.
What I particularly liked about the first part of the book was the challenge to parents to look at their faith. Were they good examples to their children? What were they doing to deepen their faith and their relationship with a personal God? Each new chapter delved deeper into the Catholic faith and the responsibility of parents to raise children to know, love and serve God. The second part of the book Mr. Cardaronella focused on how to pass on the faith, Jesus’ teachings and the varied traditions of the Catholic Church to their children. I especially enjoyed and found the Reflect, Pray and Live considerations at the end of each chapter quite effective.
Keep Your Kids Catholic is a must read for every parent or family member who desires to pass on their faith to their children or grandchildren. You will receive tips and insights to develop or further increase your own faith and personal relationship with God, but also guidance and recommendations on how to assist your children in developing that same faith in a loving God.
I appreciate being given an advanced copy of Keep Your Kids Catholic from Net Galley for a fair and honest review.
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