My time as blog editor seems to have run its course.
The Church Fathers invite us to teach the faith in ways that emerge out of patient readings and re-readings of Scripture.
My three-year-old son poured water over my hand with a little shell, anointed my hand with some olive oil in the sign of the cross, and handed me a candle — over and over and over again.
In the early church, instruction of the mind and the conversion of the heart were not alternatives, but two sides of the same coin.
We "catch" our religion from one another; we join our teachers in the faith in holy fellowship.
The good news is that there are so many wonderful and creative ways to do faith formation in the home. Making faith a part of our family doesn’t require that we spend hours sitting in straight-backed chairs while someone reads from the Bible in a monotone voice, nor does it require a divinity degree or encyclopedic knowledge of the Bible on the part of the parents. It does require time, attention, and conversation, as we create habits that help us acknowledge Christ and his presence within our homes.
Fr. Jonathan Mitchican considers the four secrets of successful pastors.