“How Can I Help My Children Stay Catholic?” (The Inner Life with Patrick Conley)

You may be concerned about your kids. What can you do as a parent to instill the importance of the faith?

Patrick Conley is with Father Dave Heney to talk about this.

👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 Individual Journeys & The Power of Influence: Father emphasizes respecting each person’s unique spiritual journey. He draws an interesting parallel between the billions spent on advertising and the mission of Christians to influence others towards Christ. But here’s the twist: it’s all about freedom! The secret sauce? Ensuring that the journey back to Jesus is one of personal choice, free from coercion or manipulation.

🎈 The Joy Factor: You can’t miss the joy in Father Dave’s voice as he speaks about the magnetic pull of joy in fostering faith. He quotes Pope Benedict, highlighting that joy is a clear sign of Jesus’ presence. For children and adults alike, witnessing genuine happiness and satisfaction in practicing faith can be incredibly compelling.

Suffering, Joy, and Love: You have to hear Harmony’s call from Texas, sharing her struggles with faith amid suffering. Fr. Dave masterfully navigates this delicate topic, distinguishing happiness from joy. He reminds us that even in suffering, there’s an opportunity to connect deeply with the essence of our faith—the love and sacrifice of Jesus. The challenge? To use whatever we have, be it joy or suffering, for the good of others, thereby finding true joy.

Father’s parting message to Harmony, and to all of us, resonates with hope and direction: Love, regardless of our circumstances, is the path to profound happiness and the key to building God’s kingdom on earth.

So, whether you’re basking in joy or navigating through suffering, remember, your journey has the power to light the way for others.

Jake Moore serves as a Digital Audio Content Producer for Relevant Radio®. He is a graduate of Franciscan University of Steubenville, and is passionate about classic movies, Christian music, young adult ministry, and leading this generation to Christ through compelling media. You can listen to more of his podcasts at relevantradio.com and on the Relevant Radio® app.