“10 Commandments” for the Education of Children – Part X

"Ten Commandments" for the Education of Children - Part X

Here is the “Tenth Commandment for the Education of Children”  from a homily by Msgr. João Scognamiglio Clá Dias, with an excerpt from Msgr. João’s New Insights on the Gospels that complements this commandment and a video from the book study to illustrate the principle further. For the first eight commandments visit the blog index: 

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Tenth Commandment

Choose a good priest — a good priest who will know how to help your child in his or her difficulties of conscience. It is necessary to complement the work done at home with the help of the Church. Always bear in mind that the family is practically a church — it is where the child is formed, where his or her religious thought develops and where he or she will receive their first invitation to give themselves to God and to receive from God, with their souls open, everything that He wants to give them.

The Sacrament of Reconciliation

“If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven, whose sins you retain, unto any, they are retained.”

With these words, the Eternal High Priest constitutes priests as the ministers of the Sacrament of Penance and the judges of sins, with the power of retaining or pardoning them. It is a ministry of unspeakable elevation, but one requiring illumination, prudence, wisdom, purity of heart, and especially, zeal for souls. Noblesse oblige! according to the French saying. In fact St. John Chrysostom opines: “A priest though he may have ordered well his own life, yet, if he has not exercised proper vigilance over others, is sent to hell with the evil doers.”

Msgr. João Scognamiglio Clá Dias, New Insights on the Gospels Vol. V, p. 288

The Son of God granted them the power to pardon sins, leaving to their care “the principality of the supreme court, so that, acting in the place of God, they might retain the sins of some, and forgive those of others.” In fact, without the assistance of the Holy Spirit it is impossible to exercise such a lofty mission, for the confessor should treat each soul as Jesus would, knowing how to discern the dispositions of the penitent, to give proper counsels and encourage sincere repentance for faults committed.

Msgr. João Scognamiglio Clá Dias, New Insights on the Gospels Vol. I, pp. 86-87

The need for Good Shepherds

Finding the appropriate degree of detachment as children grow older...

In the Holy Family, we have the most perfect example to which we are called. Let us ask Their intercession to be truly Catholic families seeking holiness and elevation of spirit within our homes.

A practical tip: with these ten directives for the education of children, we have a lot of information to put into practice at once — why not focus on establishing one or two of these points in your home every week.

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.

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