What do you know about children in the Catholic Faith?

We play Catholic Trivia over on Instagram each month. These are the questions and answers to this month’s #4thFridayTrivia game.

Jesus placed great importance on children, in his teaching ministry.

First, there’s the time that the children tried to get to Jesus, and the apostles waved them off, but Jesus rebuked them:

“Let the little children come to me, and do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of heaven belongs.”

Matthew 19:14

Then there’s that time when Jesus was asked about who the greatest in heaven would be. Much to their surprise, Jesus called over a little child and said:

“Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.”

Matthew 18:3

And not to mention, Jesus (who is God himself) decided to become human and be born on earth as a little tiny baby.

That will never cease to blow me away.

It just goes to show the importance of children to Jesus – and resultantly, to the Catholic Faith!

Today’s Trivia questions are all about children in the Catholic Faith.

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Time for Trivia!

1. Which Mysteries of the Rosary focus on the events of Jesus’ childhood?

A: The Joyful Mysteries.

The Annunciation.

The first Joyful mystery is a pregnancy announcement. At the Annunciation, the Angel appears to Mary to tell her she’s going to have a baby, and that baby is Jesus!

The Visitation

The second Joyful mystery introduces us to Jesus’ extended family. We meet Mary’s cousin Elizabeth, and Jesus’ cousin John the Baptist.

We see John’s joy at meeting Jesus for the first time, and we can use our imagination to explore what kind of relationship they may have had as cousins, until we get to the mystery where they meet again at Jesus’ baptism.

The Nativity

The third Joyful mystery is Jesus’ birth story. I love a good birth story – and this one has its fair share of drama and rejoicing.

Just imagine the (albeit exhausted) thrill of angels and magi showing up in your hospital room… or the anxiety of needing to escape from a murderous king who’s afraid of your infant.

This mystery has so much to ponder about Christ’s entry into this world.

The Presentation

In the fourth Joyful mystery, baby Jesus is presented to the Lord in the temple, as was the custom of those days.

This joyous day also had its mix of powerful and perhaps even frightening moments, as Mary and Joseph received two prophecies about Jesus’ life on that day.

The Finding in the Temple

There’s quite the time-gap between the fourth and fifth Joyful mysteries of the Rosary, and then again until the Luminous mysteries.

Many of Jesus’ quiet years at home with Mary and Joseph are unrecorded in the Bible. It’s a good reminder of the importance of quiet life at home.

But at the same time, the incident when Jesus got left behind at the temple when he was just 12 years old does not go unmentioned. This mystery gives us insight into Jesus’ knowledge of who he was (God) and what his mission on earth was – even as a child!

So much to reflect on!

2. In the Bible, who is the child Jesus raised from the dead?

A: The daughter of Jairus.

The story of Jesus raising the daughter of Jairus from the dead is found in all three of the synoptic Gospels:

  • Matthew 9:18–26,
  • Mark 5:21–43,
  • Luke 8:40–56.

My favorite account is the one from Mark.

When Jesus had crossed again in the boat to the other side, a great crowd gathered around him; and he was by the sea. Then one of the leaders of the synagogue named Jairus came and, when he saw him, fell at his feet and begged him repeatedly, “My little daughter is at the point of death. Come and lay your hands on her, so that she may be made well, and live.” So he went with him… While he was still speaking, some people came from the leader’s house to say, “Your daughter is dead. Why trouble the teacher any further?” But overhearing what they said, Jesus said to the leader of the synagogue, “Do not fear, only believe.” He allowed no one to follow him except Peter, James, and John, the brother of James. When they came to the house of the leader of the synagogue, he saw a commotion, people weeping and wailing loudly. When he had entered, he said to them, “Why do you make a commotion and weep? The child is not dead but sleeping.” And they laughed at him. Then he put them all outside, and took the child’s father and mother and those who were with him, and went in where the child was. He took her by the hand and said to her, “Talitha cum,” which means, “Little girl, get up!” And immediately the girl got up and began to walk about (she was twelve years of age). At this they were overcome with amazement. He strictly ordered them that no one should know this, and told them to give her something to eat.

Mark 5: 21-24, 35-43

3. When is the Feast of the Holy Innocents?

A: December 28

The Gospel of Matthew tells the disturbing story of King Herod massacring babies – BABIES – because he was afraid of the infant king of the Jews and the threat he posed to Herod’s throne.

Herod’s addiction to power is one thing.

But the senseless murder of all the 2 year old baby boys in the land – and the grief of their parents – is a whole ‘nother level of horror.

Some consider these poor sweet babies the first Christian martyrs, a their lives were the first lives taken in opposition of Jesus Christ.

Though the number of children murdered is debated, the loss of each innocent life is a great tragedy.

” The Holy Innocents are few in comparison to the genocide and abortion of our day. But even if there had been only one, we recognize the greatest treasure God put on the earth—a human person, destined for eternity, and graced by Jesus’ death and resurrection.”

The Story of the Holy Innocents

We celebrate the Feast of the Holy Innocents on December 28th.

4. What’s the title of this image of Christ?

A: Infant of Prague

The Church has so many strong devotions to Jesus – to the Crucifix, Jesus the Good Shepherd, devotion to Eucharistic Adoration, and the Divine Mercy, to name a few.

One devotion that has been strong in the Church is devotion to the Infant Jesus.

“Many saints had a very strong devotion to the Divine Child, notably St. Therese of the Child Jesus, St. Francis of Assisi, St. Anthony of Padua, and St. Teresa of Avila.”

-EWTN

The Infant of Prague is a statue that is associated with many miracles, including the miraculous preservation of the Church it resides in, during times of war.

I love this description of the statue and its symbolism:

The left hand encircles a miniature globe, surmounted by a cross, signifying the world-wide kingship of the Christ Child. The right hand is extended in blessing with the first two fingers being upraised to symbolize the two natures of Christ, while the folded thumb and last two fingers touch each other representing the unity of the Father, The Son, and the Holy Spirit in the mystery of the Blessed Trinity.

The face has a strange power of evoking sentiments of deep gratitude of the mystery of God-made-Man. For all His majestic posture and regal attire, the little King of Prague is more striking for His outward expression of human littleness than by the impression of hidden greatness. The wardrobe of the Infant is similar to the priest’s alb: one is of white linen, the other is of lace. Covering these is a dalmatic made of silk or velvet over which is worn a cape. It represents the Infant Jesus dressed in royal robes, wearing a crown. He is King of the Universe.

-Infant Jesus of Prague

I always thought this statue of the Infant/King Jesus was intriguing!

5. What condition of a valid Catholic marriage directly relates to children?

A: Openness to Life.

Why is openness to life essential for a valid Catholic marriage?

This is because openness to life is directly related to marital unity.

When a husband and wife have sex, they give themselves to each other fully – but any artificial contraceptive acts take away from that unity. They place a barrier between the full giving and receiving of the love of marriage.

In actively preventing the conception of children, spouses withhold a part of themselves – their fertility – from each other.

Openness to life is resultant of embracing marital unity.

Marriage is for the good of the spouses, and the procreation and education of children. The good of the spouses, because they give themselves to each other in love, choosing to work for each others’ good and strive for heaven together.

The procreation and education of children, because children deserve that. And that’s such an important right that the Church upholds that the act which results in children be reserved just for a married man and woman – just for those who have vowed to remain together for life.

The 4 conditions of a valid Catholic marriage are:

  1. the spouses are free to marry;
  2. they freely exchange their consent;
  3. in consenting to marry, they have the intention to marry for life, to be faithful to one another and be open to children; and
  4. their consent is given in the presence of two witnesses and before a properly authorized Church minister. Exceptions to the last requirement must be approved by church authority.

Read more at For Your Marriage or in the Code of Canon Law.

Name that Saint

6. Patroness of First Communicants; died upon receiving her first communion.

A: Bl. Imelda Lambertini

This is just the story to scare your First Communion students with as they prepare to receive!

Seriously, though, this story is an amazing witness to the intense love we are called to have for Jesus in the Eucharist.

At the time Imelda lived, children received their First Communion at 12 years old. Imelda entered the convent as a child, and had a great desire to receive him many years before her time came.

When Imelda was 11, while praying in the chapel, the Sacred Host miraculously appeared, glowing, over her head. At this apparent insistence of Jesus, the priest gave Imelda her first Holy Communion.

The sisters left Imelda in prayer, and when they came back to check on her, she had died out of love for Jesus. Imelda had often said, “Tell me, can anyone receive Jesus into his heart and not die?”

Read the whole inspiring story from the Nashville Dominican Sisters.

And you have to check out this beautiful image of Bl. Imelda from the Saints Project!

Imelda’s body is kept, incorrupt, in Bologna, Italy, at the Church of San Sigismondo.

7. Child Saint beaten to death by children his own age, while protecting the Eucharist.

A: St. Tarcisius

Tarcisius is another patron of first Communicants.

He lived during the 3rd Century, when Christians suffered under the Roman persecutions. Every day, someone would bring communion from the catacombs to the Christians in prison.

When 12 year old Tarcisius was on this mission, he was assaulted and attacked by boys his own age. Rather than give up the Eucharist, he gave his life to protect it.

I love this thought from EWTN:

“Mere boys can become saints, and youth is no barrier to holiness. The call to holiness begins at baptism, and we do not have to wait for old age and gray hair to serve God. Youthful saints tell us something about sanctity, and their example is especially luminous as they dedicate their young lives to God.”

EWTN

Here’s a great audio version of the story of St. Tarcisius.

8. Child Saint stabbed 14 times – martyred to protect her virginity.

A: St. Maria Goretti

Maria Goretti was still just a child (11 or 12 years old) when she died.

Her murderer was the 20 year-old Allesandro, the son of the man Maria worked for. For a while, Alessandro burdened Maria with difficult chores, and acted aggressively toward her.

Maria was afraid of him, but said nothing.

Then one day, he caught her alone and attempted to rape her.

Maria resisted, protesting that it would be a sin and that Alessandro would go to hell. When Maria would not give in, Alessandro stabbed her 14 times.

Amazingly, Maria forgave her murderer before she died. Years later, while in prison for his crime, Alessandro converted, and eventually was able to attend Maria Goretti’s canonization.

Read more about Maria Goretti’s story on EWTN.

And view the gorgeous Saints Project portrait of her.

9. Child Saint with motto “Death, but not sin”

A: St. Dominic Savio

One thing about the Saints is that they often come in pairs.

St. Dominic Savio was one of St. John Bosco’s students. He was particularly devout and easy-tempered.

His special love for the Eucharist afforded him the opportunity to receive early – at only seven years old, at a time when most children received the Eucharist around 12 or 13 years old.

Dominic made four promises upon receiving his First Holy Communion:

  1. I will go to Confession and Communion as often as my confessor will allow.
  2. I will sanctify Sundays and holy days in a special way.
  3. Jesus and Mary will be my friends.
  4. Death, but not sin.

Dominic died at just 14 years of age.

His story is incredible, though, and you can explore it here.

10. Who is the (male, religious) patron Saint of Expectant Mothers

A: St. Gerard

I always wondered why this guy was the patron Saint of expectant mothers… Here’s the story I found!

“Once, as St. Gerard was leaving the home of his friends, the Pirofalo family, one of the daughters called after him because he had forgotten his handkerchief. In a moment of prophetic insight Gerard said: “Keep it. It will be useful to you some day.” The handkerchief was treasured as a precious souvenir of Gerard. Years later the girl to whom he had given it was in danger of death during childbirth. She remembered the words of Gerard, and called for the handkerchief. Almost immediately the danger passed and she delivered a healthy child.”

The Mothers’ Saint

I was introduced to St. Gerard when my husband bought me a St. Gerard gift when we were expecting our first child. I had no idea who he was, but now I do!

He’s a great first intercessor in the lives of children.

Thanks for a great round!

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