Not all are bad though, as I have said before we love ours!
I was driving to Scouts with my first grader the other night and the topics of monks came up (the CD changed and it was a CD of Gregorian chants). Anyway he started asking about the different kinds and how they were different from the “monks” in video games (which are usually martial arts fighters). I told him that some Catholic Monks gave up everything, they had no possessions like St. Francis… I said but that’s not for everyone, just like getting married or becoming a Priest, God will call us to what we need to do.
He said, well yea… that is what Jesus said right? I said…“rrrrriiight” as I didn’t know where he was headed. He said, like he told the rich man, to give up all his possessions and follow him in the Gospel. And I said exactly… but what did the rich man do? He said… he walked away. At which time I started the “more difficult for a camel to enter the eye of a needle” when he quoted the verse and proceeded to tell me why the metaphor works.
My son and I have never discussed this particular story before… ever. I asked him, where did you learn this, he said school. Father even brought a needle and a little camel to make the point.
Now I love to brag on my son and I believe he is quite exceptional (as do all parents right?) He does read a few grade levels above his, listens well and thus far has all As… so I’m not expecting that every child may have gotten that much out of the story as he did.
My point though is that regardless of the how far a long a child is, the School didn’t just get up and read them the “Seeds” for that week but took time to make it more real, and to make it understandable for a 6 or 7 year old.
THAT is why I send my sons to Catholic School. Truly I believe I’m spoiled, and I’m often heartbroken as some of the stories I read on here.
This thread was a good reminder to pray not only for my school but also all the others!