As a convert to Catholicism, I can tell you that there are times when you can feel a bit lost and out of your element when it comes to navigating just how you go about parenting Catholic children so they will understand, appreciate and love their Catholic faith. If you never take a child outside to explore the beautiful big wide world, they won't come to appreciate it. It's the same with our Catholic faith. If you don't give your child opportunities to experience the richness of our faith, they won't understand it or appreciate it and even worse, they might not practice it as adults. Faith is something that needs to be cultivated and nurtured. If you find yourself unsure of just how to do that with your children then you might want to grab a copy of We and Our Children and set out to planting seeds of faith in your child's life. Mrs. Newland offers sound advice and good suggestions for transforming your home into a Catholic home (or as some would call it: the domestic church).
We and Our Childrenis a twenty chapter book that addresses just about every topic that keeps parents awake at night. Sure you're not going to find anything in this book about today's digital age with it's social media, internet, and texting, but the wisdom found in this book about supervising the types of television, radio programs and music your child is exposed to is pretty much the same as what you would need to apply to today's world. Just as a mother back in the 50s would have been concerned about what media her child was exposed to, we should also be concerned about what our children are ingesting from our present, often, toxic culture. So in some cases, you'll have to draw some parallels between now and then to get the most out of Mrs. Newland's gem of a book.
For the life of me, I'm not sure why previous reprints of this book under different titles would have edited out the author's description of the Mass. While it's true that there were plenty of changes made after Vatican II, there is still a lot in Mrs. Newland's description of the Holy Mass that is relevant to today's ordinary form. Again, you'll just have to take some time to draw the parallels. Of course, if your family attends Mass in the extraordinary form you everything in her description of the Mass will make perfect sense.
Now this book is essentially a parenting book, but unlike most parenting books, Mrs. Newland's advice is not preachy and she doesn't take the stance that her way is the only way to do things. The book reads like a fellow mom sitting down with you for coffee and discussing a variety of parenting issues as they relate to our Catholic faith.
Overall, I found this book to be very well done. I think it belongs on the bookshelf of every Catholic mother who is serious about creating a Catholic culture in their house with the intent of raising well formed Catholic children.
I was provided with a review copy of We and Our Childrenby the publisher, Angelico Press, in exchange for my honest review. Visit Amazon.com to take a peek insideor to purchase a copy of this book for yourself.