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? 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.)