Pastor’s Reflection for September 18, 2016
We have started our parish school year and soon we will begin our Religious Education program. I came across this article from “The Word Among Us” concerning the importance of parents handing down the faith to the children which is the core of our Religious Education program.
How and where you are rooted show the way you will grow and determine the kind and quality of fruit you will bear. We get a certain degree of support and nourishment from our friends and associates and thus reflect their influence. Where you turn for information upon which to base decisions says something about your approach to life.
Going a step further, we can apply this to family life. More than anyone else, parents are the initial and most influential source of development and formation for their children. The home is the “soil” where they will take root – the soil that will probably have the most significant impact on the kind of fruit the children will bear.
It stands to reason, then, that parents who are rooted in Christ will bear the fruit of children who are secure in who they are and who are open to the Lord. So the question is, “How am I doing in giving my children the proper grounding in the Lord?”
The answer doesn’t have to be grandiose. Sometimes, the smallest things make the biggest impact. Let your children see you praying. Every now and then, share something you think God has said to you in prayer. By your own acts of mercy, show them how forgiveness brings life and healing. Even something as minor as saying “I forgive you” instead of “That’s okay” can make a big difference.
Remember, your goal is to help your children find their security and nourishment in the Lord. That happens as you provide the right kind of environment. Then, when their world expands beyond the family, children will look for sources that will continue to nourish the growth you have started. They may try some other paths, but they will always know what is truly capable of producing the wholeness and peace they long for. Be assured, your efforts at forming and evangelizing your children will be with them wherever they go.
May this article have us reflect on our responsibilities to hand down our faith to our children. The most important thing is to help our children get to heaven.
I will be available for confessions this week on Wednesday, September 21, from 2:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
May Jesus continue to shepherd you in all of your needs.
God love you,