July 25th. Granny Janet explained to the grandchildren as they sat in the shade under the tree in her yard.  “When I was still quite a young woman I did struggle a bit with my faith.  The man I loved was not interested in God and I didn’t know what to do.  I spoke to our priest and he gave me a word of encouragement.  “Even faith as small as a mustard seed can survive.”  He gave me a few mustard seeds.  I planted one and here, where you are sitting is the fruit of my faith and your granddad is the other. I hope it can be an example to you too.  Maybe you can go and plant a seed somewhere and let it grow into a big tree too. “ 

Scripture:   Jesus said, “The kingdom of heaven is like a grain of mustard seed which a man took and sowed in his field.   Mat 13:35-15. Pope Francis:   Education in the faith has to adapt to each child. Parents desirous of nurturing the faith of their children are sensitive to their patterns of growth for they know that spiritual experience is not imposed but freely proposed.   Moments of family prayer and acts of devotion can be more powerful for evangelization than any catechism class or sermon.   AL288.