PLEASE teach your children the Bible stories! PLEASE!
Many children learn best by hearing a STORY, not a “principle.” They will also remember the stories and characters much better than a list of teachings or precepts.
You can tell children to do the right thing–or you can read the stories of all the people in the Bible, especially the Old Testament, who DID the right thing and how it worked out for them, and you can read the stories of all the people in the Bible (Old Test especially) who DIDN’T do the right thing–and how it didn’t work out so good for them!
Also, they need to know the history of their faith! This is what causes people to hang onto their faith even when an intellectual calls Christianity a “fairy tale.”
I’m frankly shocked that any Catholic can continue being Catholic without knowing how the Catholic Church came to be. But knowing how it all came to be is a wonderful faith preservative.
Knowing the Bible keeps a Catholic sure of the Truth of the Catholic Church. One of the main reasons why my husband and I converted from Evangelical Protestantism to Catholicism is that as we studied the Catholic Church, we saw all the ways that the Bible points straight to the CATHOLIC Church, not Protestantism!
There are lots of good Bible story books–I’ve seen them in Catholic bookstores, but if you can’t find any, go for the Protestant children’s Bible story books. Make sure to get books with gorgeous pictures. Children will remember the pictures all their lives.
I would strongly suggest Jeff Cavin’s “Great Adventure” materials. He is a former Baptist who converted to Catholicism, and has the BEST Bible studies. His children’s materials look wonderful–makes me wish I still had children at home! The one thing I don’t like is the “cartoon pictures,” which make the Bible seem like a fairy tale. So along with Cavin’s material, get a Bible story book with really beautiful, photo-like pictures.
I am absolutely appalled and embarrassed that many adult Catholics have no idea of the timeline of the Old Testament and no idea who some of the most famous (let alone the lesser-known ) Bible characters are and what they did. It’s shocking and it’s a major reason why Protestants do not believe that Catholics are serious about their Christianity. Yes, I understand that “knowing the Bible” is not a precept of the Catholic Church. But it’s a darn good idea and it enhances our faith mightily and it makes us more credible to Protestants and unbelievers…
My absolute favorite Old Testament character is King Hezekiah. I’ve loved his story since I was a teenager. He is even more helpful to me now that I’m older.