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How can we practically involve our children in family prayer? What are ways that we can teach them the beauty of communing with Jesus in prayer, even though homework needs to be completed, dishes washed, pajamas put on little ones, and we may even want to reserve a few moments of peace and quiet for ourselves after a busy day? In my last article dealing with the Family Rosary (see article “The Family Rosary” in the Marian Devotion section) I identified the need for parents to make the call of the family Rosary heard, knowing the result will at times be met with resistance and indifference. For the encouragement of parents, I reminded the reader that the suffering encountered in family prayer is redemptive, and that its application in the home ensures that spiritual goods soak into the little hearts and minds of their children, even if parents feel their efforts are not making a great deal of difference.

In this article I want to offer a variety of ideas to parents of a practical nature for engaging our children in prayer, so that they approach prayer with a sense of expectancy. This is not to say that I am imparting approaches that are always a success with my family; rather, it is advice and insight I too am trying to implement daily within our home. The success is found at the finish line, not during the race itself. […]

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As a people, we are smitten by the allure of average. This standard in spirituality, which is so easily reachable, does neither the human person, nor our Catholic heritage, any valued service whatsoever. First, it represses the vision of the dignity which God has granted humanity, and secondly, it obscures the uniqueness of the favor granted to the Blessed Virgin Mary. Could it be that much of the current anti-Marian mentality is fed by a minimalistic perspective on humanity’s value? If we worship average, we cannot appreciate the favor granted to Mary. Nonetheless, the Blessed Virgin Mary remains the icon of human dignity.

In today’s generation, as in days gone by, much of our effort is centered on gratifying our whims and fancies. We worship our image and likeness and lavish extravagant gifts upon our wounded feelings and inconvenienced selves hoping to continue the appearance of being better than those miserable souls around us. It is exhausting to consider spending time and effort in areas which may not provide immediate results. So we, in our age of luxury, have done everything possible to protect our fragile existence from anything that hints at accountability, responsibility, and even the pursuit of greatness. Possibly pursuing glory for the sake of satisfying a new craving could be permissible, but certainly not for the purpose of falling in sync with a Maker unseen and unmoldable. We shall not resort back to days of mythic oppression in this period of luminous reason. It will either be a deity of our choosing or it will be none at all. […]

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Father Juniper B. Carol, O.F.M., born in Cardenas, Cuba, on February 19, 1911, was the youngest of eight children. He eventually made his way over to the United States, where he would fulfill his vocation. “On February 20, 1935, he was ordained priest at the Immaculate Conception Shrine in Washington, D.C.” (1)

Father Carol spent his consecrated life advancing the primacy of Christ, which brought about a greater Marian devotion. (2) Through lectures, books, and numerous articles, Father Carol challenged minimalist approaches in Mariology, in the hopes that our witness as followers of Christ would become that which imitates our Lord’s fullest expression in honoring Mary. Mariology for Carol started with the Christological or Trinitarian perspective, and from this foundation a proper ecclesial understanding was established. How God considered and honored Our Lady, in as much as we can deduce this, should impact our own Marian expression. Having spearheaded and started the Mariological Society of America, which produced the periodical Marian Studies, Father Carol gave readers the opportunity to contemplate Mariological issues both current and traditional. In addition to the publication, an annual symposium would be given, inviting leading theologians to present lectures and engage in further Mariological dialogue. (3) His periodicals addressed all things Marian, but father Carol seemed to have a few Mariological favorites he focused upon. […]

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What is it that keeps many hungry souls from devotion to Our Lady? Why are some resistant to her maternal call? What keeps many from speaking about her? Oftentimes, it is fear.

Many fear that by giving honor to Mary, one automatically diminishes the ability to give all of oneself to God alone. This fear comes from an honest heart, which is simply trying to resist possible errors such as idolatry, but it is a heart deceived nonetheless. I say this because I remember what it was like to fear the Mother of God. I was not concerned that she would visit me in a horrible nightmare, or that she even wanted the “extreme” devotions many people gave to her. Rather, I feared dishonoring her and losing myself spiritually by becoming a participant in idolatry. […]

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Welcome

Published on August 6, 2004 by in Chris Padgett

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Hello, my name is Chris Padgett and I am honored that you have come to the youth section of motherofallpeoples.com.  This is going to be a site geared for you.  It is meant to be very interactive, informative, motivational, and fun.  Any suggestions, topics of interest, or basic comments you want to make in relation with our faith and life, are absolutely welcome.  You can email me about anything you want, whenever you chose, and as much as possible I will do what I can to email you as soon as possible.

If you keep your eye on the youth section of this site you will notice a lot of updates.  So, come by daily and see what’s new. Here is the basic flow of the site.  There will be a number of articles from people just like you.  Regular kids, who are at various places in their devotional and spiritual life.  You don’t have to have it all together to ask a question, write a response, or submit an article.  In fact, that is what I am wanting.  Normal people, asking what everybody wants to know, like, if praying the Rosary is so cool then why do I feel like falling asleep whenever I pray it?  If going to Mass is so exciting, why does it seem like everyone is unhappy?  I think if we are honest in our questions, the answers can be all the more meaningful.

You can email me thoughts on what you are reading, music you are listening to, movies you’ve seen, but in it all I want you to think about how it has touched you.  Specifically, I want to know what is working for you spiritually. How have you gotten through your tough times? How do you pray? What works for you when you feel tempted?

So, without further delay, welcome to the site, I pray you enjoy what you find!  This is an awesome faith we are a part of.  There is no
reason for us to settle for second-bests, especially when we have Mothering us the very one who Mothered Jesus.

I will try and have great quotes from Saints popping up now and then, opportunities for you to enter our polls, live web cam’s of cool Marian sites, and a number of places for you to hit our message boards and submit articles you’ve written about your faith.  Don’t forget to sign up to get the inside scoop on things that are up and coming.

God Bless you!  It is not by accident that you visited this site.  I am praying that Our Lady continues to pour the graces of her Son upon you!

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