Thursday, December 13, 2012


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by Brother John Samaha, S.M.

        After the batteries have long expired on other gifts, these intangible gifts will long endure.  They are recommended by  Catholic school teachers
·        Time.   It shows them how much you mean to them.
·        Love.  Nothing is more important than love.
·        Sense of justice.  This includes fidelity to relationships and responsibilities.
·        Laughter and joy.  Happiness nurtures.  Morality is a byproduct of growing up with laughter and joy.
·        Celebration.  Find something special to do each month as well as mark special occasions.
·        Spirituality.  Show the importance of prayer and Sunday worship.
·        Forgiveness and healing. Never let children go to sleep without being forgiven for a wrong, or healing a hurt.
·        Truth.  Help them to be truthful and honest.  Insist on this.
·        Respect.  Respect the property of others.  Give the example.

·        Books.  Urge children to read, and read aloud with them.  
·        Optimism.  Embrace a sense of possibility. Encourage faith in one’s ability to impact others positively and meaningfully, to make changes for the better.
·        Gratitude.  By word and example teach them to say “thank you.”  Encourage them to thank God for all their blessings.  Remind them to speak and to write a word of thanks to their elders and peers who do good things for them.      

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