Hopefully without giving plot points away, I'd like to share a favorite moment from Frozen 2 when Anna, who after experiencing a devastating loss and reflecting for some time alone in a cold cave, decides nonetheless she must venture out to help save her kingdom. Despite tragedy, she must do "the next right thing." She takes one small step forward out of the cave toward rescuing those she cares about.
This moment reminds me St. Ignatius and his way of making decisions through prayer. In Ignatian spirituality, there are times of desolation, feeling farther from God, and consolation, feeling closer. During times of desolation, it can be harder to make decisions that follow God's call. But through prayer, it is possible, and kids can do this, too.
This Loyola Press article summarizes Ignatian spirituality for me so well. I'm eager to order Margaret Silf's book, The Inner Compass. For kids, if something bad has happened or they feel far from God, remind them to:
And remind kids that we don't have to be a princess saving a mythical kingdom to be doing small things to further the kingdom of God here on earth.
I'm Sherry Weaver Smith, author of The Wolf and the Shield: An Adventure with Saint Patrick. I like to have adventures in getting outside in nature, crafting, and cooking as I explore our Catholic faith with my daughter. We want to be inspired by the saints!