Introducing Your Children to the Saints

I wrote an article on sharing the saints with your children for Columbia magazine–the Knights of Columbus’ publication–that was published last week:

Pope Benedict explained the challenging formula for becoming a saint in his address to German youth: “Christ is not so much interested in how often in our lives we stumble and fall, as in how often with his help we pick ourselves up again.”

Check it out, and thank a Knight for their dedication and service the next time you see one!

2 thoughts on “Introducing Your Children to the Saints”

  1. Hello Devin, it’s a little while since we were in touch. I’m busy with the book again now after a lay-off with depression.

    As a very left of centre Mennonite I’m really not sure what to do with saints. I don’t mean in the broad biblical sense that all believers are saints. I’m talking about people ahead of the curve on holiness. As with a good many issues Anabaptism fall somewhere between Catholicism and Protestantism on this. ‘Martyr’s Mirror’ reads more like Catholic hagiography than Reformed theology. I admire the Catholic Church for holding up a life as exemplary. In general Anabaptism has been strongly communal and there’s been some suspicion of idealizing individual piety.

    I confess to some critical puzzlement on the demographics of sainthood. Why so many priests, men and religious? Why so few married people, women or laity? Time, I think, for a little more democratic sanctification.

    Shalom, Phil

    1. Hi Phil,

      So sorry you suffered through depression recently. I have been there and it is terrible.

      Regarding demographics, I think that in times past the clergy/religious were seen as the big superstars in many ways. But that’s been changing, and John Paul II and Benedict both have beatified/canonized many married persons and even couples, recognizing their life of heroic virtue. They also realized that families need sources of inspiration who shared their same state of life.

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