Tim and Sue Muldoon bring a wealth of experience as parents, spiritual guides, and religious educators to this practical book for parents which offers six sacred rules for integrating faith formation into everyday family life.
This basic guide to family spirituality not only provides parents with the practical tools they need but also offers the refreshing perspective that faith is not about adding to our to-do lists. Rather, it means doing what we already do with a new attentiveness. Drawing from the treasury of Ignatian spirituality and the breadth of Catholic tradition, the Muldoons present six sacred rules that encourage, stretch, and revitalize family faithhelping parents give their children basic lessons in learning to pray, deepening love, widening faith, and cultivating a spiritual vision of life.
|Publisher:||Ave Maria Press|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 8.70(h) x 0.50(d)|
About the Author
Tim Muldoon is a professor and has authored and edited several books. He served as chair of the department of religious studies, philosophy, and theology at Mount Aloysius College for many years before being named the inaugural director of the Church in the 21st Century Center at Boston College. He currently serves in the division of university mission and ministry at Boston College, and teaches in the university's college of arts and sciences. He and his wife Sue are the parents of three children.
Sue Muldoon is a therapist and religious educator who has worked in clinical, collegiate, and parish settings. Her clinical work has focused on young adults and children. She worked for many years in college counseling at Saint Vincent College and Saint Francis University. She has also worked as a director of religious education for Good Shepherd Parish in Wayland, Massachusetts. She and her husband Tim are the parents of three children.
Table of Contents
Part 1 A New Vision of Family Life
1 Change Your Perspective 1
2 Our Desires, God's Desires 9
3 Awareness in Everyday Life 17
4 Family Life as a Vocation 23
Part 2 Rules for Family Spirituality
5 The First Rule: God Brings Our Family Together on Pilgrimage 35
6 The Second Rule: Our Love for One Another Leads to Joy 43
7 The Third Rule: Our Family Doesn't Care about "Success" 47
8 The Fourth Rule: God Stretches Our Family toward His Kingdom 53
9 The Fifth Rule: God Will Help Us 59
10 The Sixth Rule: We Must Learn Which Desires Lead Us to Freedom 63
Part 3 Praying and Living the Rules
11 Sacred Stories 71
12 The Witness of Others 77
13 Reading Scripture 81
14 Searching for Jesus 87
15 Conversion and Forgiveness 93
16 Compassion 101
17 Family Celebration 107
18 Discernment and Vocation 115
19 Self-Knowledge and the Good 123
20 Discernment for the Kingdom 129
Conclusion: Beyond the Rules 137
Appendix: Spiritual Practices for Parents and Families 139