Every Good Child Begins With One Good Adult.

“Parents have the first responsibility for the education of their children. They bear witness to this responsibility first by creating a home where tenderness, forgiveness, respect, fidelity, and disinterested service are the rule. The home is well suited for education in the virtues. This requires an apprenticeship in self-denial, sound judgment, and self-mastery-the preconditions of all true freedom.”

This is what the catechism of the church believes. Parents are the first and center of all education. They – and what they do – teach – don’t teach – and observe – through words, actions, and by example will either support or hinder their child. The manner on which we make good citizens and a stronger church is by our lead and example.

This is why we invest in CFF and our school. This is why we have asked every parent to examine the manner in which they teach their children. Do you show them by example it is good and proper to put God first? Do you show them that tithing to the church is how you grow real wealth? Do you allow them to participate in sports and other extracurricular activities on Sundays, but only after they put God first? Or do you treat church as a casual thing to be observed only when convenient? Do you falter on your finances or happiness at home and then dismiss the fact that God is never present because God is never first? Do you have a death or loss and then run back to the church for help, only to abandon her later when all is well again? Do you think that your children are not taught by all that you do, or don’t do?

Since Pope Francis recently approved changes to the wording of the Lord’s Prayer, also known as the Our Father, we will be having an open dialogue at our church gathering to be held at Saint Miriam this coming week. We will seek guidance if we, too, will observe this change. Instead of saying, “Lead us not into temptation,” Catholics will begin soon to say, “Do not let us fall into temptation.” Pope Francis reminds us that “A father doesn’t do that; a father helps you to get up immediately. It’s Satan who leads us into temptation, that’s his department.”  And, a father and mother teach their children what it is to live a life by putting God first, too.

Pope Francis also reportedly approved changes to The Gloria from “peace on Earth to people of good will” to “peace on Earth to people beloved by God.” I like this change. Why? Because that is what we are, ‘the beloved’ of God. So, let us begin to act like it.

 

 


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