Imagine something for me.
Imagine how powerful it would be if a father sat down with his son for 10 minutes five times a week and discussed things like Purity, Mortification, Generosity and Holiness.
Imagine the lessons that could be taught by a mother to her daughter if they spent an hour each Saturday sharing about Humility, Gratitude, Love and Hope.
Imagine what that time could do for your kids, your family…for you.
One of the things LOTS of people talked about on the survey we sent out a few weeks ago is the fact that even when we had the time with our kids during quarantine, most of us still failed to have those key formative conversations with them.
These past months I think we all learned that we can spend hours, days, even months in the same house as our kids, but still never get around to the work of actually FORMING OUR CHILDREN.
We are paralyzed by uncertainty over what to say, when and how to say it.
However, just as many identified this problem, so many also spoke about their determination to do better!
It was beautiful to hear parent after parent acknowledge their shortcomings, but recommit themselves to the calling to raise saints.
God made us the primary teachers of our children–but even still, we need a guide for this important work.
Helping parents form their children in virtue has been on my heart for nearly two years.
At Catholic Sprouts we desired to create a beautiful virtue-based tool for children in that in-between age when so much of a child’s identity is formed: the years after First Holy Communion and before Confirmation.
We wanted to create something REAL and USEFUL. Something packed with stories that brought the virtues to life. Something full and not watered down. Something that tied together Catholic Moral Teaching, Old Testament stories, Jesus’s example and the common struggles with vice that we all face.
Something that gave parents the words to say.
The Virtues for Catholic Youth is unlike any other virtue study.
Far more than a collection of inspirational ideas or quotes, The Virtues for Catholic Youth is a guide that transports you and your child from Vice to Virtue. Designed to be used as an intimate study for one child and their parent in the home, The Virtues for Catholic Youth brings Catholic Moral teaching to life and creates a safe, beautiful place to encounter God.
And it is in this place that God can reveal to you–and to your child–who you are.
Over the course of 12 weeks, you and your child will dig into Pride, Purity, Envy, Forgiveness, Hope, Despair, Sloth, Love, Faith and so much more. Each week you will come to a deeper, more beautiful understanding of these vices and virtues through Church Teaching, the example of a saint, an Old Testament story, a story from the Gospels, and a meaningful challenge.
Each week is divided into five lessons and each lesson can accomplished in just 10 minutes or less. This structure is meant to be helpful, but we encourage families to set a schedule that works best for them. It can also be beautiful to spend an hour on a Saturday working through an entire week.
The Virtues for Catholic Youth has been a labor of love, and I earnestly hope that this study allows you to have those formative conversations with your child.
The Virtues for Catholic Youth will be officially on sale starting Wednesday.
Stay tuned for more details.
Have a beautiful week!