Be a great Catholic yourself.
Raising your kids in the faith begins with your faith.
You are their primary role model. Be sure to be
the best you can be so that they may walk with you
along the path of holiness.
Build upon the basics.
By beginning with the basics — teaching them
who God is, why He made them, and what they must do
to gain the happiness of Heaven (which, by the way, is
to know, love, and serve God in this world) — you pro-
vide them with a firm foundation upon which to build
their faith and a valuable compass that points them
Unmask the devil.
Appropriately revealing the reality of evil and the
tortures of hell isn’t intended to “scare the hell out of
them,” but to make them aware of the consequences of
rejecting God. Many of today’s movies, television shows,
games, and more glorify evil and sin, and seldom do
priests speak of these things. Saint Faustina was shown
hell on many occasions and was even commanded to
write about it:
... I noticed one thing: that most of the souls there
are those who disbelieved that there is a hell( Diary of Saint Maria Faustina Kowalska,
ave and Joan Maroney ofMother of Mercy Messengers (
MOMM), an apostolate of the Marian
Fathers, have been traveling the country for more than 15 years. They visit parishes and schools
to teach about the Lord’s call through St. Faustina
to turn from sin, embrace the Sacraments, and
be merciful to others. We asked them to share what they hope the fruits will be of this extraordinary Jubilee
Year of Mercy. They said, “One of our biggest hopes — and one of the things we’ve been stressing all year —
is that more parents are inspired to raise their children in the faith. We need strong Catholic families.” In this
age of “listicles,” Dave and Joan won’t demur. Forthwith, their tips for raising kids in the faith: