“a Lamp to my feet. a Light for my path.” – Ephesians 6:4

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TODAY’S WORD…

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Parents, do not treat your children in such a way as to make them angry.

Instead, raise them with Christian discipline and instruction.

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– Ephesians 6:4 (GNT)

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REFLECTION…

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Parents, are called to be understanding with their children,

and to educate them in a truly Christian way:

discipline and instruction should always be motivated by a desire for their good.

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However, parents must not abuse their authority

nor should their children obey them if asked to do anything that is against the moral law.

Therefore, parents may not make unreasonable demands.

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Christian education,

must always be based on charity,

on affection,

and on parents’ sensitive respect of their children’s freedom.

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from the Declaration on Christian Education, "Gravissimum Educationis" – VATICAN II…

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"As it is the parents who have given life to their children,

on them lies the gravest obligation of educating their family.

They must therefore be recognized as being primarily and principally responsible for their education.

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The role of parents in education is of such importance

that it is almost impossible to provide an adequate substitute.

It is therefore the duty of parents

to create a family atmosphere inspired by love and devotion to God and their fellow-men

which will promote an integrated, personal and social education of their children […].

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It is therefore above all in the Christian family,

enriched by the grace and the responsibility of the sacrament of matrimony,

that children should be taught to know and worship God

and to love their neighbour,

in accordance with the faith which they have received in earliest infancy in the sacrament of Baptism.”

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QUOTE…

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“The parents

are the main persons responsible for the education of their children,

in human as well as in spiritual matters.

They should be conscious of the extent of their responsibility.

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To fulfil it, they need prudence,

understanding,

a capacity for teaching and loving

and a concern for giving good example.

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Imposing things by force, in an authoritarian manner,

is not the right way to teach.

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The ideal attitude of parents lies more in becoming their children’s friends

– friends who will be willing to share their anxieties,

who will listen to their problems,

who will help them in an effective and agreeable way.”

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– St. Josemaria Escriva

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REPETITIVE PRAYER FOR TODAY…

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Father in Heaven, instruct me and teach me,

that my love for my children will reflect Your love for me.

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