Sunday, May 20, 2012

Signs of the Gifted Child

            So you want to know if you have a gifted child.  Answer the questions with yes or no and bear with me…you’ll have the answer at the end of the article.

1.    Does your child know who his Creator is and that his purpose in life is to know God, love Him and serve Him?
2.     Has your child been baptized into the Body of Christ thereby having a share in the life of the Catholic Church, which makes sanctifying grace available to all her children?
3.     Are you aware of and practicing your duty as the primary religious educator of your child instead of relying heavily on schools and parishes as your substitute?
4.     Do you take your child to Confession regularly to avail of Divine Mercy and do you encourage him to examine his conscience in light of the Ten Commandments?
5.     Do you endeavor to help him in turning his sins to virtue through parental discipline, thereby teaching him obedience to the Magisterium of the Holy Roman Catholic Church?
6.     Has your child received First Communion as soon as he is able to believe that Jesus is the Eucharist and have you taken him to receive Jesus at least once a week?
7.     Do you pray the rosary with your child often (daily if possible) and do you say at the end of each rosary “With this rosary, we bind our children to the Immaculate Heart of Mary” thereby securing your child’s souls to the safety of their heavenly mother’s heart?
8.     Does your child of age know that to walk the Christian life means to expect to follow in the footsteps of Jesus’ Passion, Death and Resurrection and that he can be aided by the Holy Spirit, who is received at Confirmation?
9.     Do you foster the vocation of the priesthood or religious life in your home or alternatively prepare him to choose a spouse who will help him attain the goal of sainthood?
10. Does your child know that death of the body means the soul goes to heaven, hell or purgatory and is he sufficiently prepared to forsake anything for his goal of eternal life?

If you answered yes to most questions, congratulations, parent!  Your child is gifted.  You have passed on the Catholic faith to your child that your parents and grandparents and all ancestors (who knows how far it can be traced to) have entrusted to you.
If you were expecting the other definition of “gifted”, you sure looked in the wrong page.  It’s in the shine pages of yahoo, which I am not hyperlinking.  You really don’t have to peek in there. I can already tell you that you do have a genius because if that article is accurate and if every proud momma’s anecdotes are true, then every family has at least one.  (Don’t mean to burst your bubble.) But to have a child blessed with the gift of faith and intellectual prowess used in service for the honor and glory of God, now that’s something not every family has.
If you answered “no” to most questions, it’s not too late to give the gift. Learn your faith, live it and evangelize your own children.

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