Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Exploring our Faith with the little flower

This year our family joined this amazing program called Generations of Faith. One of the projects was to set up a faith center in the living room. We did a bio study of St Therese and her 'little way' as her feast day was coming up that week. We displayed it for everyone to see and learn. Miss K enjoyed the idea that St Therese promised 'showers of roses'.

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As with any time we discuss saints I went over their role in our faith. I grow up as a protestant and was always told 'Catholics worship Mary and the saints, they make idols of the saints etc etc'.  As a young adult I began to ask questions about catholicism from my first employer who was to me a great role model in faith. Ultimately I converted through the RCIA program. It wasn't an instant thing, everyday I am working on becoming a better catholic. We have all made bad decisions growing up but where appropriate I think they can be used to guide our children to make their own better decisions. One regret I have was arming myself earlier with the confidence to speak about my faith. Even in the last few years, when 'friends' openly criticized the church and my faith (some incorrectly assumed I had converted for Piwi daddy) I wish now I had not just 'turned the other cheek'. I wish I had tried to explain that their assumptions about the catholic church were wrong and at times just plain ignorance. So here it is for my non catholic friends, this is what my children will be able to tell naysayers....'As Catholics we do not worship Mary, we do not Pray to her or the Saints in the why we Pray to God or Jesus. We are thankful for Mary (as mother of Jesus) and we ask them to Pray for us in the same way people might ask their friends to pray for them.' This is my simplified explanation for my kids so if you wanted a better version I would suggest starting here...
Miss K thought that everyone could get something for St Therese's little way.
"What matters in life, is not great deeds, but great love" St Therese, "Story of a Soul"

 Therese lived and taught a spirituality of attending to everyone and everything well and with love. She believed that just as a child becomes enamored with what is before her, we should also have a childlike focus and totally attentive love. Therese's spirituality is of doing the ordinary, with extraordinary love.
Little flower.org

Notebooking pages for Saints

.We like using Weston Publishing's History scribe. All the Saints pages can be purchased separately for $1 or there are plenty of combo packages that are great deals. History-Scribe-Popular-Saints

There is also some free ones available www.thatresourcesite.com

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