“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:  Tenth Commandment Choose a good priest — a good priest who will know how to help your child in his or her difficulties of…

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

"Ten Commandments" for the Education of Children - Part IX Here is the "Ninth 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 eight commandments visit the blog index: Ninth Commandment Help each child to love the Eucharist and be devoted to Mary because it is…

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

"Ten Commandments" for the Education of Children - Part VIII Here is the "Eighth 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 to illustrate the principle further. For the first seven commandments visit the blog index: Eighth Commandment A child should never be punished or scolded when a parent is upset or angry. In the Heralds we…

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

"Ten Commandments" for the Education of Children - Part VII Here is the "Seventh 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 six commandments visit the blog index: Seventh Commandment Never deceive your children to get out of a tight situation. Therefore, you should not mislead…

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

"Ten Commandments" for the Education of Children - Part VI Here is the "Sixth 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 five commandments visit the blog index: Sixth Commandment Do not provoke your children to anger (Eph. 6:4). To provoke the anger of children is not…

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Week 24

Chapter 9 - Part 3: Pages 356-371 True Friendship vs. False Friendship https://youtu.be/J-kQDA2NOPg Week 24 Questions Question 1 The Author, Msgr. Joao Cla, describes the relationship between Dona Lucilia and her son, Dr. Plinio, in this way: "Unless seen with eyes of Faith, it may be difficult to comprehend this closeness and union of soul between mother and son. It was the fruit of an ardent love of God, which led them to admire one another's supernatural virtues - gifts of Providence." It seems that Msgr. Joao intends by…

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Week 23

Chapter 2 (Part 1) Pages 51 - 64 Chapter 9 - Part 2: Pages 344 - 356 Reaction to Stressful Trials https://youtu.be/kFx3xpYlXIsWeek 23 QuestionsQuestion 1At the death of Dona Gabriela, Dona Lucilia "... although filled with sorrow … did not flee from the onerous duty of receiving the condolences of friends... siblings and close relatives ... "She has expanded so much as a person since, at the time of the death of her father she was unable to face these duties.What was the source of her consolation, and…

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

"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: Fifth Commandment Be vigilant with regard to your children's companions, reading materials, shows and entertainment: how many offenses…

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

"Ten Commandments" for the Education of Children - Part IV Here is the "Fourth 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. For the first three commandments visit the blog index:  Fourth Commandment Children must be educated in respect to Our Lord’s teachings on love and fear.To love what is good: it is necessary to know how to attract the…

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

"Ten Commandments" for the Education of Children - Part III 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.Here is the "Third Commandment" with an…

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

"Ten Commandments" for the Education of Children - Part II Here is the "Second Commandment" and another excerpt from Msgr. João's biography of Dona Lucilia that highlights an example of this commandment taken to its plenitude. For the "First Commandment", go here: https://donalucilia.com/10-commandments-for-the-education-of-children/ Second Commandment Parents must harmonize authority with gentleness. The idea that the father should be as an ordinary friend as possible to his children is idiotic. Parents to a certain extent and up to a certain age represent God to their children. Children, looking at their parents, begin…

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“10 Commandments” for the Education of Children

"Ten Commandments" for the Education of Children 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. But why is this important? And how does it…

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Week 22

Chapter 9 - Part 1 - Pages 330-344 Expressing Affection in a Harsh World https://youtu.be/4PtjcZIcpxY Week 22 Questions Question 1 In the 1930s, Dona Lucilia experienced so many dramatic changes and upheavals. She saw the demise of many of the beautiful traditions of the past. She was there as "... the virtue of charity which had governed social interaction, making kindness the hallmark of the Brazilian temperament, gradually died out in hearts." She lived through political chaos and financial disaster. What was her reaction?   Though she had no…

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Week 19

Chapter 2 (Part 1) Pages 51 - 64 Chapter 8 - Part 3: Pages 3307-329 The Answer to the Crisis of Loneliness in the World https://youtu.be/vhx27xkTNIg Week 19 Questions Question 1 Dona Lucilia pleads with her son, literally, on " bended” knee, “… never again to leave things to the last minute."  Dr. Plinio was totally surprised by this display. He would, understandably, have been preoccupied with this important occasion from his own perspective, unaware of the anxiety his dear mother was experiencing. It should be within the family…

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Current Concept False Goodness

Current Concept of False Goodness Some badly understood attributes are added to the thoughts about goodness today... - "Spontaneity", "naturality", "sincerity": these dispositions of soul lead one to avoid making an effort, thinking, employing the will and maintaining self control. They Induce free rein to sensation, fantasy, extravagance and in the end give free rein to everything! The television, that excites, by its nature kills the book that invites one to reflection. Ideas will become weakened and with them so does vocabulary. Speaking is reduced, in certain circles,…

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Week 18

Chapter 2 (Part 1) Pages 51 - 64 Messaging with a Truly Catholic Lady https://youtu.be/ez1qXBts3HY Week 18 Questions Question 1 Gratitude, the forgotten virtue, was always remembered by Dona Lucilia. It is not possible to tell her story without including many incidents. At one point she urged Plinio to "lose no opportunity to show your gratitude and affection" to the priest with whom he traveled to Rio to meet with Catholic leaders. Think also of the gratitude this priest, the Pastor who had given Rosee and Plinio their Catechism course…

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Week 17

Chapter 2 (Part 1) Pages 51 - 64 Midlife “Crisis” vs Lucilian Wisdom https://youtu.be/w4EfBdmEifMWeek 17 QuestionsQuestion 1It was that time in Brazil when "It was considered shameful for a man to openly proclaim himself a Catholic."Plinio, to the great relief of Dona Lucilia, had early on made the decision to continue in the path of true Catholicism set by his mother. It was for him, though, a time of painful isolation. Divine Providence provided him with the opportunity to enthusiastically enroll in the First Congress of Catholic Youth in Sao…

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Week 16

Chapter 2 (Part 1) Pages 51 - 64 2 Goals and 10 Tips for Parenting Teenagers https://youtu.be/-DuvCPewYN4Week 16 QuestionsQuestion 1Dona Lucilia was always vigilant regarding the well-being of her children. Plinio's health was a constant concern. His progress and achievements at school were very important to her, stressing how these efforts would "... draw down God's Graces and blessings." This is so apparent in the exchange of letters at even the least separation.Dona Lucilia always felt drawn to a beautiful statuary depiction of the Finding of Our Lord in the Temple…

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Week 15

Chapter 2 (Part 1) Pages 51 - 64 Parenting through the Revolution: Affection, detachment and a clear line of right and wrong https://youtu.be/nEj14JelwfMWeek 15 QuestionsQuestion 1Children can suffer a great deal from misunderstandings and injustices. How important is it to give a fair hearing and help a child resolve important and troubling issues?Question 2Dona Lucilia had high academic standards for her son. She obviously was able to balance other aspects of life to accommodate this.Sometimes we have high standards in some areas for our children and ourselves - looking for…

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Week 14

Chapter 2 (Part 1) Pages 51 - 64 Martyrdom of Silence, Sweetness and Severity https://youtu.be/7iujFkoKKBQWeek 13 Questions Question 1"My son, the times are very evil and you are very young... I want you to know that I would rather see you dead than gone astray."Dona Lucilia's story will unfold more and more just how great her love was for her dear son, Plinio. These words, though, show how her "... loving affection for her children was rooted entirely in love of God."Who was the very young saint who, as part…

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