The responsibility of Catholic parents cannot be overstated. All too often, we allow things to become unnecessarily obscured by the minutiae of daily life; things which, when isolated, are actually quite simple and clear. Catholic Harbor of Faith and Morals presents The Religious and Moral Training of Children or Christian Education in the Catholic Home by Father James Joseph McGovern, D.D., which helps to clarify and crystallize the particulars of Catholic parenting.
Parents will inevitably have shortcomings and vices, but with maturity and reflection they can raise their children well despite them. The ultimate reward is rearing children whom you can admire. “As a younger parent, I was proud of my children. I still am. But there comes a moment when pride becomes admiration.” John Clark provides some inspiring insight on this point in his article Why Do My Children Copy My Vices, & Not My Virtues? at Seton Magazine.
Today is the feast day of St. Catherine of Genoa, a shining example of amendment and repentance. Much of what we know of purgatory comes from the mystical experiences of this saint, whose body remains incorrupt. Read more about her life and writings at Tradition in Action in the article St. Catherine of Genoa, March 22 by Professor Plinio Corrêa de Oliveira.