Friday, July 17, 2009

Super Saints-Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha

We were out of town for one week which meant we missed seeing our Super Saints group last week. Monday morning, Goose asked when he was going to make Holy Cards with his friends. I was so happy to realize that he looks forward to these meetings as much as I do. This is what I wanted for my children with this group. We have friends of all faiths and I love that, but I think it is important for my kids to know that they have friends that believe the same thing that they do. (Or that their parents believe!)

I can't force my children to believe in God, (as much as I want) but I can show them what my faith does for me and hopefully live my faith in such a way that they yearn for a relationship with God. One of the greatest things about the Catholic Faith is the Saints. Who better to pray for us than those already in heaven? The Saints had such interesting lives- sure some of them were always devout, but a lot of them were as imperfect as they come. They had a long journey before they reached Sainthood. I love that my kids can look at the lives of the Saints and see that while life is not always easy, they can strive for perfection with trust in God. Now are they getting all that right now at the age of 5 and under? Probably not, but I do know that Goose loves listening to stories of the Saints right now and does catch little bits here and there. As he grows older, hopefully, the lives of the Saints will take on new meaning for him as they have for Squirt.

This week we focused on Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha, an Indian who became a Christian. The kids had pictures to color, a story, made holy cards, had a snack of trail mix, played outdoors and made cross necklaces with beads. The kids had a really good time and it seems like our group really enjoys each other. I know I have a great time with the adults and watching the kids interact.
Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha, Pray for Us!

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