"Ten Commandments" for the Education of Children - Part V
Here is the “Fifth Commandment for the Education of Children” from a homily by Msgr. João Scognamiglio Clá Dias, with an excerpt from Msgr. João’s biography of Dona Lucilia that highlights an example of this commandment taken to its plenitude and a video from the book study to illustrate the principle further. For the first four commandments visit the blog index:
Be vigilant with regard to your children’s companions, reading materials, shows and entertainment: how many offenses happen because of the company of bad friends.
"a long process of formation—the work of her lifetime"
She categorically avoided any toy that tended toward vulgarity, or that could encourage a secularist mindset. Rather, she favoured those that stimulated their appreciation of the marvellous or contributed to their intellectual and cultural formation.
Msgr. João Scognamiglio Clá Dias, Dona Lucilia, p. 175
Until the end of her life, the characteristics of an ideal mother shone in Dona Lucilia’s countenance and demeanour. Through a long process of formation—the work of her lifetime—she prepared her children to correspond generously to the sanctifying action of God’s Church.
She taught them to understand and love the fundamental importance of courtesy and sweetness in human interactions. When two or more persons share a mutual affinity, they feel drawn by a movement of benevolence. This is the substance of friendship, which would not be authentic without love of God, followed by affability, patience and compassion.
Msgr. João Scognamiglio Clá Dias, Dona Lucilia, p. 191-192
He was about to enter the Jesuit-run São Luís School, where he would have his first contact with the world, away from her. Some of his schoolmates would not be good companions. What effect would they have on him, far removed from the family setting? Filled with such thoughts, Dona Lucilia’s maternal heart turned with deeper devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, Whose mercy never fails those who confidently request His protection.
Msgr. João Scognamiglio Clá Dias, Dona Lucilia, p. 220
See the video below to learn about true and false friendship!
To be continued…
Some of the above article was unofficially translated from: https://arautosfamilia.com/decalogo-educacao-filhos/
About the Article: Many Saints and also many Popes in the history of the Church have dedicated themselves to writing some points to help parents educate their children. The founder of the Heralds of the Gospel, Msgr. João Scognamiglio Clá Dias, made a summary of some of these points in a homily, calling them a decalogue for the education of children, as they contain some of the principle points for the good education of children.