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June 28th, 2012

Poem : Climb Until Your Dream Comes True

Climb Until Your Dream Comes True

Often your tasks will be many,
and more than you think you can do
Often the road will be rugged
and the hills insurmountable, too

Always remember, the hills ahead
Are never as steep as they seem,
And with faith in your heart start upward
And climb ’till you reach your dream,

Nothing in life that is worthy
Is ever too hard to achieve
If you have the courage to try it
And you have the faith to believe…

Faith is a force that is greater
Than knowledge or power or skill
And many defeats turn to triumph
If you trust in God’s wisdom and will

Faith is a mover of mountains,
There’s nothing that God cannot do,
So start out today with faith in your heart
And Climb Until Your Dream Comes True.

– – – written by Helen Steiner Rice

April 17th, 2012

Passing On Our Faith To Children

Passing On Our Faith To Our Children

Passing on our faith to our children may seem discouraging, still each parent can be effective in ways no one else can. Each child has a special bond with his / her parents and it is designed by the creator. Because of this special relationship , parents have a greater opportunity to teach and profoundly influence their children than anyone else. God, knowing this situation or recognizing this situation has commissioned parents with the task of training their children spiritually.

God has given us as parents the primary responsibility for passing on ‘His’ truth and the way of life to our children. Read God’s instructions in Deuteronomy 6;5-7, “ You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart , with all your soul and with all your strength. And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way , when you lie down and when you rise up “. St Paul told Timothy “From childhood you have known the Sacred writings that are able to instruct you for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus” (2 Tim 3;15). St Paul in his letter to Timothy says “ I am reminded of your sincere faith, a faith that lived first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice, which I am sure you have inherited”. ( 2 Tim. 1;5) Thus, the faith goes down to generations.

We catholic parents undoubtedly have a desire to see our children live by the truth taught by our Church. Some may exert pressure on the children to compete with others and shine in ranks, without inculcating in them the ideas and morals they should hold dear and the habits they should follow. We do notice that our society is deteriorating morally. Values taught by religions are not considered very important. Some argue that there is no absolute truth and so truth is considered as relative.That is why our Pope Benedict XVI always talks against relativism that is questioning and destroying traditional values. “ God has not changed in any thing” says Malachi ( Ch 3;6) “Christ Jesus is the same today, as yesterday and for ever.”( Heb.13;8) says St. Paul.

We parents have to do the teaching, guiding and setting the example. We can teach them only if we acquire some knowledge of the Bible and the teachings of the Church through reading and listening to preachings. We may feel inadequate in the task and that is why our priests, religious and competent lay persons give instructions through sunday classes. Very often we hear that sex education will be introduced in school. The parents are the best teachers on the subject because they can tell their children all spiritual aspects involved whereas the secular teaching is purely materialistic and even encouraging spiritually wrong ways to deal with problems.

But the children have to be receptive. “Hear, my child, your father’s instruction and do not reject your mother’s teaching for they are a fair garland for your head and pendants for your neck “ ( Prov. 1;8) Young people have a responsibility and duty too. They need to open their eyes and ears and in a willing attitude learn the truth as their parents are the most reliable teachers. Some children may resist. Mostly it may be due to our wrong approach or their misunderstanding, which can be rectified. When we speak from the heart in love about what is in our hearts from God’s Spirit , it is likely that we will see our children waiting to listen. If any child chooses not to embrace God’s truth and words, it should not be because we parents did not diligently teach them the Word of God and the sacred traditions. As we parents are responsible to teach our children, excuses like lack of time, lack of knowledge, lack of interest for listening and study by children should be overcome suitably.

Parents can play a powerful role in encouraging their children to choose God’s way of life. We may not be highly educated or trained for teaching. When we walk with God, the creator will show the way. Some may be more naturally gifted in teaching, but all share the duty and responsibility We also do affect the faith of our children even if it is only by our example. As parents let us make sure that we follow the divine instructions given in Deuteronomy 6;5-7. If we do our part, we can help our children embrace the true catholic faith. Like Timothy’s grandmother and mother, we too can pass this faith to our children from generation to generation.

– – – written by K. C. Thomas

February 26th, 2012

Social Media : The Latest Avenue To Strengthen Youth’s Faith

Faith and Social Media

Can Social Media Be the Best and Latest Avenue to Strengthen Youth’s Faith?

The social media has taken every one of us to another place where distance and imagination are not a big deal. Facebook, Twitter and other social networking sites are very famous right now and already become a household name. Social media truly connects people efficiently and almost make the whole world a few clicks away.

Popularity has two sides; these are the positive and the negative. People have different thoughts with the popularity that social media gets today and how it affects people and communities, especially the youth. Most of our youth today are spending so much time in Facebook and Twitter these days. There are many contradicting concerns with these because some crimes and scandals are rampant in these networking sites. These incidents are really alarming and needs immediate response.Social sites are initially built to make communication easier for everyone but some took so much advantage of this and fooled many.

One of the biggest questions that are thrown to social media right now is, “Can social media be the best and latest avenue to strengthen youth’s faith?”

This is very relevant because you can even notice how young kids are more familiar with Angry Birds, Tweets and photo posting than verses in the Bible. The religious institutions face another challenge since the social media emerged. This requires them to work harder to reach the youth in much easier and faster ways.

It is very amazing how the social media also helped in spreading the great Word of God. There are applications like My Favorite Bible Verse, Daily Blessings, Daily Devotions and Their Eyes Are Watching God especially formed to spread the words of God in a very interesting manner that excites the youth. In Twitter, youth can follow religious organizations and people who also share Godly messages and ideas. There are different channels for them to learn and be inspired.

These are very effective ways of reaching most youth in this decade. They can still be aware that they have to believe and worship God and His works despite the modernity of the moment. It is a brilliant tactic to meet the younger generation in the place where their interests are more attuned. Social media is the new platform that the kids today are using to explore the world, learn from others, build great relationships and express their selves. This has also given enough space for Christian and other religions to share their faith and beliefs to a broader worldwide audience.

Facebook, TwitterTumblr and other social media sites help youth to appreciate and live by the word of the Lord. Various applications are made to provide for the sacred needs of most of us. We should not judge social media as pure temptation and a work of evil. Technology changes with time and this welcomes a different form of communication in every moment. Even if there are crimes or scandalous events happening due to the misuse of this thing, we should not close our doors and minds to it.

Social media is not just a place to make friends, chat, update your status, display your photos, post videos or advertise products and services. It is also the spot where people from various places with different shapes and status meet and have equal chance to contribute different religious views. This even takes spirituality in a different height. Social media can definitely be the best and latest avenue to strengthen the youth’s faith with God.

About the author: Kathleen Hubert is a blogger who writes on a variety of different sites. Check out more of her work at Lahaina Maui Hotel.

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