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Scott P. Richert

"There Are No Good Role Models Anymore!"

By February 25, 2013

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With all of the hype surrounding last night's Academy Awards, I started thinking: How often do we parents complain about the lack of good role models in our society?Central Russian icon (circa mid-1800's) of selected saints. (Photo © Slava Gallery, LLC; used with permission.) From actors and actresses to politicians to sports stars, it's hard for us to find someone that we would like our children to admire and imitate.

The problem isn't just a recent one, however, and that is why the Catholic Church has provided us remarkable examples of virtue in the form of the saints. We can encourage our children to read the lives of the saints, to adopt one or more as their own patron saint, and to learn to turn to them in prayer.

Forget Madonna the pop star--we've got the original Madonna!

(Central Russian icon, circa mid-1800's, of selected saints. Photo © Slava Gallery, LLC; used with permission.)

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February 25, 2011 at 1:26 pm
(1) Lisa c says:

I wish it wasn’t so hard to make the saints seem relevant to my kids. The only one my boys really connected with is Pier Giorgio Frassati.

February 25, 2011 at 2:28 pm
(2) Scott P. Richert says:

Lisa, you make an excellent point. So many children’s books of saints seem soŚwell, for lack of a better word, insipid. It’s hard to get kids inspired when the lives of the saints are presented as so two-dimensional.

But there are good materials out there, and one can do worse than to start with the old standard, Butler’s Lives of the Saints. It just takes some searching.

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