4. Plan a full performance.
A large family or a group of friends can have a great time with this, but it takes lots of time and planning. Once again, choose a play that works with the dynamics of your kids. When, for example, our group of homeschoolers reached the teenage years, I chose the life of St. Francis but put much more emphasis on his rollicking early days with his buddies than on his pure saintliness (which made his spiritual transformation all the more real). Unlike other ways of acting out spiritual stories, a full play is a big project that requires a group effort. In our case, a parent who was an English teacher wrote a special script; and another who loved sewing created lovely and colorful costumes for each character. The full performance took months of memorizing lines and multiple rehearsals. But once we were ready, the kids took the St. Francis play not just to the parents and grandparents, but to several area schools. It was so spiritually moving that many adults wept, and through a generous grant, we were able to do one last performance that was professionally videoed.

Acting out plays and stories reminds me of the words of Aristotle, who said that performing and watching drama was the medicine to cure the ills in society. We need that cure right now. You can do your part by bringing spiritual stories, plays, and performances to your home, neighborhood, and town.

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