Keep Your Kids Catholic

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Publisher: Ave Maria Press
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Pages: 160

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Many Catholic parents are tempted to leave the religious education and spiritual formation of their children up to their parish or Catholic school. Professional catechist, popular blogger, and father of two, Marc Cardaronella has a passionate plea for those parents: be your child’s primary educator in the faith by what you do and say. This practical guide gives parents what they need to be a bigger partner in handing on the faith to their children by creating a faith-nurturing environment at home.

When Marc Cardaronella started his job as a catechist, he could empathize with parents who came to him to talk about how their now-grown children had left the Church because he had been there: Despite years of religious education and regular Mass attendance, Cardaronella never really practiced his faith. He fell away from the Church right after his Confirmation and stayed away for twenty years. Now it’s his mission to equip families like yours to hand on your faith.

His passionate message is that the kind of faith formation children need is not taught in standard religious education classes and probably never will be. Cardaronella is on a quest to help you fill the gaps by first strengthening your own faith—opening your heart to God, practicing trust, clearing away obstacles to God’s grace, and creating regular prayer and study routines at home. He gives you the tools to pass that faith on to your kids and make it stick by teaching you how to pray with your children consistently, about adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, the power of the Examen prayer, and how to motivate your kids to be engaged in parish life and Christian outreach.

Keep Your Kids Catholic offers equal shares of inspiration, challenge, and practical advice. Each chapter includes Reflect, Pray, and Live sections to help you integrate Cardaronella’s message into family life.

Editorial Reviews

"Keep Your Kids Catholic is a vigorous, inviting work by one of the best catechists around." --Lisa Mladinich, Catholic author and creator of Amazing Catechists

"In Keep Your Kids Catholic, Marc Cardaronella offers a wellspring of practical guidance from a very personal perspective, sharing his own spiritual journey and walking with your family as mentor and coach. A fantastic guidebook for any domestic church!" --Lisa M. Hendey, Founder of CatholicMom.com and author of The Grace of Yes

"Positive and strong Catholic parenting that dares to actively and intentionally raise kids in the faith is one tough mission and Marc Cardaronella offers parents a plan of committed action for getting our lives and our homes in order. This is straight talk from a tough-guy Navy pilot turned top-gun Catholic catechist. His love of the faith is infectious!" --Pat Gohn, Catholic writer, speaker, and author of Blessed, Beautiful, and Bodacious

"A stunning call to arms for Catholic families. Any parent or grandparent who wishes to see their children grow up to be practicing Catholics will find inspiration in this book. Pastors, principals, directors of religious education, teachers, and catechists will rejoice in providing this new resource to the families they serve because it is just the book they have been waiting for." --Jared Dees, Author of To Heal, Proclaim, and Teach, and creator of TheReligionTeacher.com


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