For children aged 2-102
Hope in the tough times
Meaning in everyday living

These are real questions submitted to Fr. Joe from children. Please, check back every month for a new question with an answer from Fr. Joe.

Letters appear in Living Faith, Kids

(Creative Communication magazine for children--click here to visit)

​​       Fr.. Joe answers children’s questions on different topics. 

      These letters can be found in each edition of Living Faith for Kids.

                  Here’s one for today:


Dear Father Joe
Sometimes I feel jealous of my Friends. What should I do?
Thank you,

Gabriela 


Dear Gabriela,

Feelings, in themselves, are neither good nor bad, even the unpleasant ones. But our feelings can teach us about how we think about life, sometimes in ways we don’t even realize at first.  For example, if we feel jealousy or envy, we might be thinking that the blessings someone else has takes something away from us.  But this is NOT how it is in the way of love and goodness.  The blessings that truly matter are like candlelight: the more others have, the more light there is in the world—and that takes NOTHING away from us.

As with all feelings, I think the first thing to do is to name it for ourselves:  “I feel jealous.”  Then I suggest these two things: First, we need to remind ourselves that - when one person is blessed - it takes nothing away from us.  In that moment we already have what we need to be okay just like we are.  Then we would do well to look at our own blessings, and practice being grateful.  

For me - the more I practice being grateful – the more I realize how much I have to be grateful for, and the less I find myself feeling jealous.  And there is ALWAYS something to be grateful for.  

In Christ,
Fr. Joe



Dear Father Joe
        Am I different because I am adopted?
                     Trinh


Dear Trinh –
 
     Once a teacher told me something she heard at recess. Several students were looking at the church picture-book with all of its family photos.  They noticed a family where all in the family had blond hair except for one little boy whose skin and hair color were both dark.  “He must be adopted,” one said. Someone asked, “What does that mean?” One little girl answered, “I know what that means because I was adopted.  It means that ‘I grew in my mommy’s heart instead of in her tummy’.”   
     That little girl understands the love behind adoption. A person who is adopted had someone who loved them enough to take them into their own home and heart to make sure that they knew that they were loved and safe.
     Such is the love in the heart of God. The Bible says we are EACH adopted and beloved children of God. As members of God’s family, part of our job is to look out for each other, and to make sure that all people know this kind of love!
     Trinh, you are just like me; like the other students in your class; like God’s people of every race, language and way of life. On one level, we are each wonderfully different. But in all the things that matter most deeply, we are much more alike than different. We are each precious children of God, called to love this world and ALL God’s children.

      In Christ,

      Fr. Joe


     

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