Raising Soldiers

“The home is the first school of Christian life and a ‘school for human enrichment’.”

~ The Catechism of the Catholic Church ( Paragraph 1657)

Let’s face it! Our World today is failing. It is full of evils that were not imaginable 60, 40 or even 20 years ago. The world, our children are exposed to, is different from the one that we witnessed. There are countless temptations, greater access to evil, and far more corrupt messages being passed down to infiltrate the minds of our little ones.

What are we to do about it? The Catechism of the Catholic Church states that “Here (the home) one learns endurance and the joy of work, fraternal love, generous forgiveness, and above all divine worship in prayer and the offering of one’s life.” (CCC 1657) Our homes are the boot camps. The place where we prepare our families to fight the evils that the enemy has placed in our way. It is the God-given duty that has been given to all parents. It is one of our responsibilities that will be questioned on our judgement days.

At boot camp, a young man or woman undergoes rigorous training. Training that plays with the brain and finds even the strongest man’s weakness. It makes some cry and quit. It puts great strain on the mind and on the body. It makes the average man/woman into a soldier, ready to undergo the greatest tests that battle will give them.

Our homes, should be boot camps for the Lord. They should be places where our children are tried and tested. Places that make them strong both physically and mentally. Places where their souls can thrive! They should make our children grow and become soldiers in the war that wages around us daily.

How is this done? The first thing that must be taught is prayer. Prayer is a superpower that has been given to us and can help us in the most trying times. Pray as a family. Let the children see you pray!

Go to Mass! Go as a family. The Mass is the greatest prayer that we pray during the week. It is the life of our Faith.  Without it we will spiritually die. We need the graces from the Eucharist to grow stronger. Teach your children its importance and why they must attend every Sunday.

Go to confession! Confession is our meeting with the General. We are given advice on how to better ourselves and given immense graces, so that we do not repeat our prior mistakes. It is a reinforcement for the days to come. Plan a Saturday, preferably once a month, where the whole family goes. The children will be more open to going if they see Dad and Mom going.

Pray the Rosary! This is our weapon given by the Queen Herself. We cannot fight if we do not have ammunition.

Help your children enter the fight. Make them strong in their Faith. Help them know that their Faith is the most important thing in their lives and nothing should come in its way.