Apr 25, 2019
On Saturday, April 27, a group of students from our parish and school received the sacrament of Confirmation. On May 4, several children will receive the sacrament of the Eucharist for the very first time in their life. It is very important to not consider the Catechism as a way to just receive a sacrament, but as a step in the process of the Christian formation, and not as something that ends once we receive a sacrament. There is nothing more important that a parent can do for their children, than to ensure that they acquire a good Christian formation that prepares them to be and to live as good citizens and excellent Christians. The parish carries out its mission of transmitting the faith to children and the youth, through the Catechism, which our catechists carry out as good apostles; but it is up to their parents to help their children progress in the knowledge and practice our Christian faith. If you do not, who will?
Regarding to the mission of parents concerning the education of their children, the Vatican II Council, teaches us in its Declaration on Christian Education: "Since parents have given their children their lives, they are gravely bound to the education of the offspring and, therefore, they are the first and main educators. This duty of family education is of such importance that, when it is lacking, it can hardly be replaced. It is, therefore, the obligation of parents to form a family atmosphere animated by love, by piety towards God and towards men, which favors the integral personal and social education of children. The family is, therefore, the first school of social virtues, of which all societies need "(n. 3).
Pope Francis in his Apostolic Exhortation on Love in the Family warns, us that "one of the fundamental challenges facing today's families is surely the educational challenge of their children, which is even more difficult and complex because of the current cultural reality and the great influence of the media "(n. 84).
If the children and the youth of today are the men and women who will lead tomorrow families, Church, and society, we need to ask ourselves, especially you as their parents: How are you forming them Christianly so that they are capable of facing this great mission? From a good Christian formation, depends not only in the future of our families, the Church, and society, but also in the eternal salvation of those we love the most.
Are you, as a father and mother, willing to continue working for the formation of your sons and daughters; or are you going to be settling in that they just receive a sacrament?
Fr. Marco Lopez