Children are precious gifts from the Lord. The greatest legacy gift parents can give their children is to live St. Paul’s parenting virtues, especially in his letter to the Philippians. Applicable to parents are:

  1. Be parents full of joy always.
  2. Be gentle parents.
  3. Be anxious-free parents.
  4. Be praying parents for God’s protection, blessing, and guidance.
  5. Be spiritually understanding parents as you trust God.
  6. Be high-minded parents with a focus on true, noble, right, pure, lovely, excellent, praiseworthy ideals and thoughts.

The best legacy gift to your children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren is being this person (with your spouse) so you can lovingly abide in their lives forever. Then you can unequivocally say, “Don’t just do as I say… do as I do.”

St. Paul was able to say this: “Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me–put it into practice.”