Wednesday, February 18, 2009

priestly parenting advice

Think parenting advice from a priest that lived 200 years ago would be irrelevant? Think again, my friends...

This is from St. John Bosco, a Saint from whom I've begged Kain-prayers for years.

"Sometimes it might seem to us that a young person was taking no notice of our advice, whilst deep inside they were well-disposed to cooperate, and meanwhile we were ruining him by our harshness which they cannot understand. ....

Everything at its proper time, says the Holy Spirit. When there is the need to punish, great prudence is required to choose the right moment. Nothing is more dangerous than a cure applied incorrectly, or at the wrong moment. We can get to know the right moment only from experience which has been fine-tuned by the goodness of our hearts. First of all then, wait until you are in control of yourselves; do not let it be understood that you are acting because of a bad mood, or in anger. .....

Young people often need convincing that we have confidence in their ability to improve, and feel there is a kindly hand to help them. You can get more with a friendly look, with a word of encouragement that gives his heart new courage, than you can with repeated blame, which serves only to upset, and weaken enthusiasm. Using this system, I have seen real conversions among those one would otherwise have believed impossible. All youngsters have their off-days - you have had them yourselves! ...."

Ouch. It's like he's a fly on the wall around here.
Good advice is never irrelevant.

H/T to Karen

2 comments:

J.C. said...

Ouch! Convicted.

entropy said...

That is awesome.

Beautiful.