Some days I forget that my children are blessings.
Some days I forget that they are a gift to me, on loan, I am to nurture them, love them, take care of them, socialize and form them.
Some days I forget that what matters to me most is the relationships that I foster within my home, and how those relationships are a reflection of my relationship with God.
Some days I forget that I can run to Him, in all the noise and frustration of life.
Some days I forget to be the grown up and have a self indulgent hissy fit. Only after carefully considering all the other possibilities of ways I could react, and prudently weighing the pros and cons of my actions, and then thoughtfully pondering the consequences of said hissy fit, I proceed, lava-like, to move hot and burning through my morning.
They retreat, quickly, to various corners of our home trying to avoid lava mama.
But I am stealth.
In time, I cool down. But the trail my self indulgence is almost more than I can bear to look at.
My babies. I hold them. They forgive me. Peace is restored.
Some days I forget that it really is easier just to be the grown up.
Saturday, November 30, 2013
Catechism of the Catholic Church speaks...
(Bold giant letters mine)
2221 The fecundity of conjugal love cannot be reduced solely to the procreation of children, but must extend to their moral education and their spiritual formation. "The role of parents in education is of such importance that it is almost impossible to provide an adequate substitute." 29 The right and the duty of parents to educate their children are primordial and inalienable. 30
2222 Parents must regard their children as children of God and respect them as human persons. Showing themselves obedient to the will of the Father in heaven, they educate their children to fulfill God's law.
2223 Parents have the first responsibility for the education of their children. They bear witness to this responsibility first by creating a home where tenderness, forgiveness, respect, fidelity, and disinterested service are the rule. The home is well suited for education in the virtues. This requires an apprenticeship in self-denial, sound judgment, and self-mastery - the preconditions of all true freedom. Parents should teach their children to subordinate the "material and instinctual dimensions to interior and spiritual ones." 31 Parents have a grave responsibility to give good example to their children. By knowing how to acknowledge their own failings to their children, parents will be better able to guide and correct them.
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