Holy Family

Holy Family

Monday, November 7, 2011

Feast of Saint Willibrord of Echternach

Good morning. Parenting is likely the most difficult thing we will ever attempt to do. Unlike any other job, there is no quitting time and the pay and benefits aren’t always there or consistent with the task. The responsibilities of parenting without a doubt are demanding. The Church makes it clear that we have a responsibility to raise our children according to God’s way and in the ways of the church. As parents we are responsible for initiating our children into living lives which honor God and attend to the common good of the community in which we live. Jesus in today’s Gospel makes it clear that it will not fare well for those parents who neglect their responsibility. In Luke 17:1 He notes that there will always be situations which might challenge one’s faith or even cause people to lose their faith but He is clear in His warning that the end result for anyone who is cause for someone to sin will be quite severe. “Things that cause sin will inevitably occur, but woe to the one through whom they occur.” As a parent we must set the standards and we need to be firm where it involves authority and living by the rules. Insistence on following the rules and applying them consistently are necessary if our children are to appreciate our authority and teachings. Children need love and it is through our example as parents they come to appreciate the true meaning of love as being about sacrifice and self-giving. One of the most important things we offer to our children is our own example. Too often parents take the position of do as I say, not as I do. While they instruct their children not to do certain things, they themselves suggest otherwise through their own actions. What is critical in being a good parent is living in a way that stands up against the secularism and materialism of current day society, even when it is at odds with what other parents allow in their homes. Most importantly as parents our lives should say to our children that there is a reason for living good lives, that true happiness rest in doing things God’s way. Make a great day!

Today we recall the good life, gifts, and works of Saint Willibrord of Echternach.

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