My son Bean’s birthday is coming up in August, and family members are wanting birthday gift requests.
The best move we made for Bella’s recent birthday was to request some Catholic DVDs for kids. She spends 100% of her life in some costume or character outfit (loosely construed) and taking on the personality of the particular character. “Bernadette: The Princess of Lourdes” and “The Day the Sun Danced: The True Story of Fatima” by CCC of America, two of her birthday gifts, have brought about a blessed shift in her identity. Instead of dreaming up Strawberry Shortcake slumber party plans or attempting a British accent as Wendy Darling, she trots around our local playground proclaiming, “I am the Immaculate Conception.” (Not sure about the appropriateness of that one.) And even more, she’s particularly into the characters of Bernadette Soubirous of Lourdes and Lucia of Fatima. This has piqued her interest in praying the Rosary, in joining the “girl saints” one day in Heaven, and in loving Jesus like the girls did.
We need more fuel for this fire! Any other recommendations on Catholic DVDs for kids?
We are seven Catholic women who graduated from Princeton University, seeking to build our families just as the architects of the great cathedrals built their detailed masterpieces: day by day, stone by stone, with attention to details that only He will see.
"A mother is the most important person on earth. She cannot claim the honor of having built Notre Dame Cathedral. She need not. She has built something more magnificent than any Cathedral -- a dwelling for an immortal soul, the tiny perfection of her baby's body."
- Joseph Cardinal Mindszent
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"As mothers, we are building great cathedrals. We cannot be seen if we’re doing it right. And one day, it is very possible that the world will marvel, not only at what we have built, but at the beauty that has been added to the world by the sacrifices of invisible women."