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1.

Be a great Catholic yourself.

Raising your kids in the fait

h 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.

2.

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

toward truth.

3.

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,

741).

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 • marian.org

NEWEVANGELIZATION

D

ave and Joan Maroney of

Mother 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 throug

h 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:

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