|Kids Helping Kids Fix Broken Hearts|
|Written by Michael Fones|
|Monday, 15 September 2008 12:05|
We all know, I hope, that the family is the domestic church. That means that most everything that happens in the local parish should also be happening in the homes of parishioners. That includes the proclamation of the Gospel, ongoing catechesis and formation, outreach to the poor, the sick, the imprisoned, discernment of vocation, prayer, scripture study, healing of the sick, table fellowship, the offering of our work/relaxation/self to God, etc.
I'm afraid not many families take this very seriously, nor ask themselves how they might become cells within the larger body of the Church. One family I know takes this seriously, and one of the ways they do it comes in the way they teach their five children, ages 9 months-10 years, to appreciate the blessed life they have (their father is a surgeon, so they have a comfortable life). As they become old enough to understand, they are taught to select a charity to support as part of the way they can help those who are less fortunate. Sometimes they help support an existing charity through organizations set up to do that. Other times, they are encouraged to start up something themselves.
One example of the latter is a project begun by the children this year called, "Kids Helping Kids Fix Broken Hearts". Emily, the second child, who's nearly ten, made a design which was used to decorate dishtowels that they children are selling to raise funds for Angel Notion Medical Clinic in Playa del Carmen, Mexico. Angel Notion is a non-profit that helps poor children of Playa del Carmen in need of heart surgery. Angel Notion has teamed up with Rosa Christus Children's Hospital in San Antonio, TX, to provide these surgeries at low cost. Even so, it is more than the families of Playa del Carmen can afford, and they must also provide their own travel expense. So these kids decided to do what they can to help.
This is a great example of putting our faith into practice within the home, especially by expanding the awareness of young children of the existence of other kids, just like them, who struggle with health problems and poverty.
It should come as no surprise that these kids are a delight to be around, too!