St. Joseph Novena

O St. Joseph, whose protection is so great, so strong, so prompt before the Throne of God, I place in you all my interests and desires. O St. Joseph, do assist me by your powerful intercession and obtain for me from your Divine Son all spiritual blessings through Jesus Christ, Our Lord; so that having engaged here below your Heavenly power I may offer my thanksgiving and homage to the most Loving of Fathers. O St. Joseph, I never weary contemplating you and Jesus asleep in your arms. I dare not approach while He reposes near your heart. Press Him in my name and kiss His fine Head for me, and ask Him to return the Kiss when I draw my dying breath. St. Joseph, Patron of departing souls, pray for us.


Saturday, April 20, 2002

Character Development and Discipline

This was a very productive meeting in which many topics were covered. Regarding character development and discipline, the following suggestions were made:
Donna B. highly recommended La Leche League’s books on discipline. Although she doesn’t agree with all of what La Leche League says on discipline, she does believe they have a very sound approach. She has found their suggestions helpful with her children.

Christine B. recommended Dr. Ray Guarendi for his discipline techniques. He can be heard on Sacred Heart Radio. He has also written several books on raising children, among them You’re a Better Parent than You Think.

When discussing how to help children behave at Mass, the following ideas were given:

Mary L. shared how she used to have a little fur mouse in her pocket, which she reserved specifically for use during Mass. She also suggested a mother on her own, sit next to someone else to help keep the children quiet.

Denise S. spoke of the importance of taking children to Mass, while being sensitive to their needs. She believes children should be taken to the crying room only when it becomes necessary.

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