Faithful Children – Day 83
By Renee Bodkin
God knows my boys are not perfect. None of us are perfect. Each one of us is a work-in-progress. Philip and I work hard to give our boys the love and values and life experiences to help build their foundation as well-rounded human beings. I read something recently about how we shouldn’t strive to give our children extraordinary lives… we should help them appreciate the ordinary life and that is how and when the extraordinary happens. If I can find that article, I’ll come back and link it here. It’s really a thought provoking concept.
Anyways… I digress. One value that we feel is important to foster in our boys is faith. I want them to be strong in their faith and have an understanding of the belief system the Catholic church teaches. I want them learn and grow in faith and make conscience decisions about their life based on their beliefs. That being said, I love that Boy Scouts includes faith as an integral part of the Boy Scout values as well. In the Boy Scout Oath it states: “I will do my best to do my duty to God.” The Boy Scout Law is a list of 12 points that a Scout should follow. The last of the points is: “A Scout is reverent.” This means he is faithful in his religious duties and respects the beliefs of others.
Which brings me to today. Sebastian has been working for 7 months on his Ad Altare Dei religious emblem for Boy Scouts. He met every 2 weeks with 6 of his friends with Father Sam and they learned more about their faith. They shared and they grew in their faith. The culmination of this “course” was a Board of Review where the boys go before a panel to be quizzed on what they’ve learned to make sure they are ready to be awarded their Ad Altare Dei emblem. So, today was that day! Sebastian, in full uniform, presented himself and did fantastic. He answered questions, discussed his faith and was given a letter saying that he had earned his Ad Altare Dei religious emblem which would be awarded in a couple weeks by the Bishop at St. Joseph’s Cathedral in Buffalo along with other boys from the Greater Niagara Frontier Council who have also earned their award.
I am so very proud of Sebastian for working on this and committing himself in his faith and spiritual growth.