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.