As parents we not only are responsible for our own journey to sainthood but we are called as well to guide our children to sainthood. God expects this of us. It is a task which cannot be met by anyone other than a parent, it cannot be handed off to our children’s teachers, or our pastor; if we don’t do it, it will not be done. The greatest gift we have to give is to respond to God’s call to give life and to guide the life of those children in the way of our faith. It is our task to help our children to become the people God created them to be. We are “not worthy” of this task and we will from time to time make mistakes, but like the Centurion we call upon the Lord’s help. It is not always easy to parent a child in today’s world; like our Saint for today, Saint James of the Marches, others may ridicule and challenge our response to God’s call to sanctity and our efforts at raising our children in the faith, but we need only ask and God will provide all the help we need. Make a great day!
Today we recall the good life, gifts, and works of Saint James of the Marches.