June 17, 2018
Dear Parishioners of St. James:
Praised be Jesus Christ!
When asked, most people say that they don’t have more children
because they are too expensive. However, the Catholic Church
encourages couples to have large families because children are the
supreme blessing of Marriage. So how do we resolve this tension?
Below are some practical ways to reduce the financial cost of children
and thereby receive the children that God wants to send us.
-Eat dinner every night together as a family. So much money is
wasted on restaurants or fast food (which is expensive and not as
healthy). Home-cooked food is much more economical.
-Hand-me-downs. Take care of clothing so that younger siblings can
wear it when they get older. It gives children something to look
-Ask your siblings who are childless to sponsor tuition for their
nieces or nephews. Children thereby receive a Catholic education and
your siblings exercise charity.
-Cloth diapers. A wonderful way to do penance by washing
them! Prevents allergic reactions to plastic ones, also.
-Homeschooling. It’s not for everyone but the price is right.
-Do not pay for college. Paying back loans builds character (I know
first hand repaying $60,000 of student loans on a priest’s salary).
-Live within walking distance to school and stores.
-Cut the cord on cable/dish T.V. Video games and smart phones can
lead to sin and get pricey, too. How about a bike and board games
-Used cars get you to your destination just the same. Older cars are
cool conversation starters.
-Children do not need their own bedroom. They learn sacrifice and
generosity by sharing.
-Christian health share networks greatly reduce the costs of
childbirth. Check them out.
-Wear a sweater in the winter and use the AC only for sleeping. This
is the fast track for sanctity.
-Trust in God by tithing. God will not be outdone in generosity!
God bless you,