So, let’s begin:
Faith Formation from the Earliest Years
Faith formation. We often think of it as commencing when a child is school-aged, preparing for First Reconciliation and First Communion. But, truly, it starts much sooner. God loves and knows each of us from before our births (Psalm 139:13) straight throughout the “gray hair” years of our lives (Isaiah 46:3-4) Thus, it only follows that we are invited to love and know Him back, continually building our relationship with Him from conception through old age.
In our youngest years, while some of our faith may grow spontaneously, much of it can be enhanced and guided by the gentle hands of the adults in our lives. And with this in mind, it such that I -- a fellow parishioner, mere Mommy and certainly no expert (as anyone who has seen my children boisterously escaping the pew rather than praying in it at many Masses can attest) -- extend an invitation to all in my parish community, as well as anyone across cyberspace, to journey with me in exploring faith formation for our youngest parishioners.
Let's Share the Call
In the weeks and months to come, I hope to share some of my own ideas and resources for guiding faith formation of the young children in our lives – be they our children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews or simply children we are acquainted with. Likewise, I hope to hear from some of you with your wisdom, questions, responses... In doing so, perhaps we can begin both personal reflection and open dialogue on how to train up our children in the way they should go so that they may have happy hearts, united with God.
I welcome comments and responses and will even create a regular link-up/blog hop for this if there is interest. Let me know!