The Brendan Option Ep041

Catholic Parenting: The Art of Spiritual Bushcraft

“You’re rearing a remarkable generation. These will be the leaders of a new chapter in the church’s history. You’re rearing Moses, you’re rearing Aaron, you’re rearing Joshua… you’re rearing the patriarchs and the matriarchs. Rear them well. Teach them to stand their ground.”

Join Fr. Brendan Kilcoyne for episode 41 of ‘The Brendan Option’ where he discusses the necessities and challenges of Catholic parenting.

“Catholic parenting in Ireland from now on is going to have to be very intentional, very purposeful, and very much centered on planning for at least the medium term.”

“Catholic parents, what do you pass on to your kid? I’ll tell you what you pass on to your kid; you stop worrying, and you stop worrying him, about what people think of him. You bring him up tough. You bring him up to be what he is. You make him or her intellectually tough, and above all, behind all, underneath all, you make them spiritually tough. Teach them to think and teach them how to pray. The world out there isn’t kind – contrary to what it says – to the creative, and to the bold, and to the beautiful. It immediately tries to eat them. If they’re going to survive, they need more than the ability to blend in. They’re going to need to know how to fight… spiritually, morally, intellectually… They’re going to have to be able to stand their ground.”

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