Yup. We are bad Catholics. Although we attend church regularly and teach our children to sit in the "big" church rather than the cry room, we have ignored some of the family traditions that go along with the Catholic Faith. This year we are doing homestudy for Lainy Ann's religious education as she prepares for her First Holy Communion. As a result we have been looking for more ways to integrate her religious education into our everyday life.
Tonight we ate a meal together and lit the Advent wreaths the children made at church last week. We lit a single candle and talked about how we could remember God in our lives by helping our family. William will help by giving mommy hugs. Connor will help by doing chores. Lainy Ann will help by cleaning the living room. Then we prayed. Lainy Ann asked if she could say the prayer and she choose to say the "Our Father". Connor also wanted to pray. He said, "Dear God. Thank you for the flowers and gardens. Thank you for letting us know about you."
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