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5/23/2017 9:47:00 AM
Tips for parents

On the blog New Liturgical Movement, Peter Kwasniewski lamented what he termed “spiritual illiteracy” among many Catholics. Who can argue? I think most Catholics, myself included, feel they have an inadequate knowledge of the faith.

Yet Kwasniewski was lamenting a much more fundamental illiteracy, saying we have lost the language of the church — her pageantry of symbols, her liturgical rites and special music and cycle of feasts and fasts, her catechism.

Addressing spiritual illiteracy is a matter eternal salvation.  

We know some young women religious, including our daughter, who say that for the most part their vocations came from families where the parents read the children Bible stories and lives of the saints from a very early age.

We inaugurated what I thought of at the time as Gilbert’s Night School: 30 minutes of the “Chronicles of Narnia” or similar fare; 30 minutes of the life of a saint; 20 minutes of catechism.  We had a blast and the kids learned a lot.

It “worked.” My son also practices the faith in his later 30s as does his family. This is neither difficult to do nor to promote — and it totally, easily and happily eliminates spiritual illiteracy.

Lee Gilbert

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