Small Success Thursday – The Kids Are All Right Edition

Small-Successes-320x3221If it’s Thursday, then it’s time for another Small Success post over at Catholic Mom.

List three things you are grateful for this week: victories over minutia, victories over the big stuff, blessings which you have received which reveal the breathing presence of God’s grace in your life. Then ask a friend to come and participate too.

This week, I’m focusing on the children – mine and other people’s (but also mine because I teach them):

  1. Our thirteen year-old son received his cross at our parish’s Confirmation Enrollment Mass last Saturday. He’s taking his Confirmation class seriously, wearing his cross, doing the homework and reading parts of the Bible on his own. These days, it’s not the norm for teenagers to be diligent about their religious education and it speaks volumes for his home environment if he is serious about his faith. Come to think of it, that’s a big success.
  2. Our eighteen year -old son received a letter informing him that he has been awarded an entrance scholarship at the university where he is in first year environmental studies. He’s a smart, motivated young man and all the years of supporting him in his studies continue to pay off.
  3. In my First Communion class last Saturday, we had Rosary day. I told the class the story of Our Lady of Fatima, eliciting “wow” and “awesome” from wide-eyed seven year-olds as I waved my arms (and kinda danced) around the front of the classroom while demonstrating the miracle of the sun. Most of the class were not familiar with the rosary so we only prayed one decade. Their homework was to go home and tell their families the story of Our Lady of Fatima and pray one decade of the rosary each evening with their families.  That assignment was received with a few moans of “homework?!” Oh, well, you can’t win ’em all.

That’s it for this week. Why not go on over to Catholic Mom and add your own link @ Small Success Thursday or tell us some of your small successes below in the comments.

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14 Responses to Small Success Thursday – The Kids Are All Right Edition

  1. My children LOVE the story of Fatima. We watched the black and white movie (you know, from when Hollywood wasn’t afraid to tell real stories?) and they were enthralled. The sun dancing around the sky and the children sticking to their stories has stuck with them.

    • The part about the dancing sun always gets the kids! I asked the kids in my class if they thought that miracle would convince people of Mother Mary’s apparitions and they all thought that the people must have been convinced after that.

  2. I teach Confirmation at my parish (and also do the follow-up series…we do the classes in the summer so the school year after is for follow-up) – I’m so proud of your son!!!

    Congrats to your 18yo (and to you, Mom, because I suspect you had a bit to do with that…)

    And Fatima? LOVE! 🙂

    Cheer for you!!!

    • Thank you, Sarah. I love Fatima too. I just bought a statue that depicts Mother Mary’s apparition to the children at Fatima. It’s beautiful. It shows the 3 children kneeling in prayer in front of Our Lady of Fatima. My spiritual director blessed it and I’m planning on bringing it in every time I teach the class as a reminder to the class of the importance of praying the rosary daily.

  3. franciscanmom says:

    Congrats to your scholarship winner! Isn’t it great when hard work pays off?

  4. abcinsc says:

    These are great wins for God. May he continue to bless and prosper you and all of your family in every way.

  5. reinkat says:

    I wouldn’t call these “small” successes.
    God bless you in all you do.

  6. Erika Marie says:

    God is good and has blessed you!
    ~ Erika Marie

  7. More often than not, the hustle and bustle of everyday life prevents us from noticing the presence of God in every small daily happening. We should learn how to see Him in everything! Blessings!

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