Thy Kingdom Come!
Dear Friends in Christ,
‘Be gentle in your actions; speak with a peaceful mind and in a calm tone, and you will succeed better.’ St. Paul of the Cross
Being the youngest of four, my parents learned the “art of parenting” with my older siblings and I reaped the benefits. Their calm tone and balanced emotional disposition when admonishing, correcting or punishing made it a whole lot easier to stomach the punishment and truly listen to their words. Nagging, ranting and raving, and “making sure they understand” is never effective with kids. They seem to take it better when the parents are calm, concise and to the point. I have no doubt that regular Confession and daily Mass (for my mom) had a lot to do with my mom and dad’s self-control.
Fr. Michael Sliney, LC