December 20, 2013
Posted by Dave Heath
A very fine article from Catholic Insight written by Terry McDermott. I can attest to the devastating affects on a family of the lack of faithful nurturing of any of the first 11 points, and the forgetfulness of the last 6. It's worse in a way if you are lukewarm in their application, for as it is written: "But because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold, not hot, I will begin to vomit thee out of my mouth." (Apocalypse 3:16)
I have been trying to change what this family has become and may never succeed, but the necessity for its struggle is part and parcel with my chosen parental vocation, and therefore does not come with an option to do otherwise. Its success or failure is known but to God and I must be content with that reality, despite my wanting it otherwise...
Link to the article here.
Published: Tuesday, December 17, 2013, 5:00 am | Author: Terry McDermott | Tagged with: Catherine Doherty Familiaris Consortio family holiness in the family John Hardon SJ parenting
On a recent Saturday morning, I had the privilege of speaking to the Raising Faith-Filled Kids Group at the Newman Centre in Toronto. We looked at ways in which Catholic families can grow in holiness.
In his 1981 Encyclical Familiaris Consortio: The Role of the Family in the Modern World, Blessed Pope John Paul II urged: “Families, become what you are.”
He explained: “spouses are therefore the permanent reminder to the Church of what happened on the Cross; they are for one another and for the children witnesses to the salvation in which the sacrament makes them sharers. Of this salvation event, marriage, like every sacrament, is a memorial, actuation, and prophecy. As a memorial, the sacrament gives them the grace and duty of commemorating the great works of God and of bearing witness to them before their children. As actuation, it gives them the grace and duty of putting into practice in the present, towards each other and their children, the demands of a love which forgives and redeems. As prophecy, it gives them the grace and duty of living and bearing witness to the hope of the future encounter with Christ.”