Wednesday, December 8, 2010

How Pure is Too Pure?

Together with Grandpa Cliff, Joseph and Peter assembled our front yard Nativity Scene today, the 
day we celebrate the Immaculate Conception of Mary.

Come, then, and search out your sheep, not through your servants or hired men, but do it yourself. Lift me up bodily and in the flesh, which is fallen in Adam. Lift me up not from Sarah but from Mary, a virgin not only undefiled, but a virgin whom grace had made inviolate, free of every stain of sin”    ~Ambrose of Milan  (Commentary on Psalm 118:22–30 [A.D. 387]).

Is there such a thing as too pure?
We hear the word pure used often to describe everything: pure ingredients, pure gold, pure form, pure water, pure intentions, and the list goes on.
But what about pure children?  How important is raising pure children?  Would you rather have pure gold, pure diamonds or pure children?

How can we raise pure children in such a messed up culture?
I don't have all the answers, just a few suggestions.  One of which is this new book:

Probably the most important thing we can do as parents to help raise pure kids, is to pray for their purity, and to teach them to pray for and truly desire purity.  And of course, we should set a good example by being pure, desiring purity and praying for purity ourselves.

When it comes to kids, or anyone seeking to grow in holiness, there is no such thing as too pure.

Our world works hard at zapping purity and stealing innocence.  As parents we need to follow our consciences, not the "norm" when it comes to setting the boundaries and training our kids.  

Prepare the way of the Lord!

1 comment:

Buhler family said...

Hi Bridget, great post and a good encouragment. It's a monumental task to raise pure teens! I looked at the WCLS for the book, but had no luck :(