As we close in on the beginning of the school year, I would like to take the opportunity to remind parents of the responsibility you have of helping your children grow in their faith. In the rite of Baptism parents are reminded that, “you are the first teachers of your children in the ways of the faith, may you be the best of teachers bearing witness to the faith by what you say and do through Jesus Christ, Our Lord.”
So parents, I especially ask you to take seriously your role as the primary teachers of your children in the ways of the faith. It is so important for parents to model for their children what it means to be a disciple of the Lord. It is your responsibility to teach your children about the love of God, to teach them how to pray, and to make sure they attend Sunday Mass. Talk with them at home about the Sunday readings, Teach them about the seasons of the Liturgical Year when they notice that the priest is wearing different color vestments. Share with them how Jesus through his birth, death, resurrection, ascension and the outpouring of the Holy Spirit, has given us eternal life. Above all teach them that God loves them in a very personal way and wants to be their closest friend. Encourage your children to invite Jesus into their hearts and lives. Teach them to ask Jesus to fill them with the gift of the Holy Spirit, so that they become more and more like Jesus themselves. And model what you are teaching by continuously inviting Jesus into your own life and asking for the help and grace of the Holy Spirit to teach you and lead you. If you do so I believe you will, “be the best of teachers bearing witness to the faith by what you say and do through Jesus Christ, Our Lord.”
May we always remember our children deserve the best that we can give them. May they receive from all of us the gift of faith and the gift of God’s love.
A few weeks ago I shared a prayer to the Holy Spirit during my homily. People asked me for a copy so you will find the prayer below.
May you all enjoy the final days of summer, and
may God’s blessings and peace be with you, Father Bill
THE SECRET OF SANCTITY
I am going to reveal to you a secret of sanctity of happiness. If every day during five minutes, you will silence your imagination, close your eyes to things of sense, and your ears to, earthly sounds in order to enter into yourself and, there in the sanctuary of your baptized soul, which is the Temple of the Holy Ghost, speak to this Divine Spirit saying:
Prayer to the Holy Spirit—by Cardinal Mercier
O, Holy Spirit, beloved of my soul, I adore you. Enlighten me, Guide me, strengthen me, Console me,
Tell me what I should do. Give me your orders.
I promise to submit myself to all that you desire for me
and to accept all that you permit to happen to me.
Let me only know your will.