It is the parental framework, the continuum of care, love, discipline, all delivered with the teachings of Christ foremost in the mind in short, nurture!
|The 'seed' of faith is implanted|
a member of the Church Militant!
That fire will need feeding beyond the age of dependence and each time it is fed it will need to be ramped up with an even richer diet of the Faith until such time that it reaches such proportions that it cannot be quenched.
|Destined for sainthood|
at the age of 3 years
If I had my time again I do believe that I would try for the homeschooling option and to teach my children not only the finer points regarding Catholicism but also the things in life that are more important than, say, geography or algebra. Those subjects have their place but, maybe, at a later stage in a child's development. I am all for teaching about the environment, nature, geology, archaeology and then some farming and horticulture, how to wire an electrical plug or service a tractor - this is sounding very pinkie like I know but I would wish for my children not to end up in a sausage factory office for all of their lives or marketing baked beans. And the practical, outdoor elements all link in more easily with belief than does sitting at a desk working out logarithms (I have never used a logarithm calculation to work out anything in my life).
The French traditional Catholic schools are very good at doing this sort of thing - creating an individual rather than stamping out a uniform bunch of kids wanting to take degrees in projectile vomiting which is what they seem to do at University these days, at least for the first year.
I recall one French boys' school that featured in a television documentary some years back. At the end of the term before the summer break the boys used to take part in a feral goat hunt, killing the animal and preparing it for the pot. I am not sure who was the more feral the goat or the boys but I like that sort of exercise. As an adult I have humanely killed sheep by hand and it requires a level of nerve and confidence.
Would it make them better Catholics? Probably not.
But it would provide the platform to make them better Catholics.
|"Pray the rosary - live Fatima!"|
Remember just a few days ago the pictures from World Youth Day Madrid when a group of Catholic youth knelt in front of aggressive anti papists? Those young people were only 17 or maybe 18 years old yet they knelt resolutely and prayed the rosary in front of violent opposition (I had thought that they were part of the Welsh contingent but I have since been told that they were American - hurrah and bravo for them!). Those young people were exceptional, I would not blame anybody for walking away from that scene. But, in later life, that is what they will have to put up with - "They will hate you as they hated Me"
And what is more important?
To be Chief Executive of ICI or to gain a place in heaven?