See the daily excerpt from the preparatory catechesis for the 2015 World Meeting of Families, “Love is Our Mission: The Family Fully Alive.”
83. When any of us — but especially children — encounter culture, it shapes our imaginations and ambitions. In large part, all of us — but especially children — learn our expectations for a good life in part from the images, films, music, and stories in our lives. It is therefore up to parents, the extended family, godparents, adult mentors, and educators to monitor this exposure, and to ensure children’s imaginations are fortified and fed with wholesome food, with material that protects their innocence, gives them an appetite for the adventure of Christian living, and evokes a vocational approach to life. Beauty and contemplation should be part of a child’s ordinary environment so that children can learn to perceive the sacramental dimension to reality. Parents, elders, godparents, relatives, fellow parishioners, catechists, and teachers need to model these attitudes for children. The formation of young people necessarily includes “book knowledge.” Spiritual literacy means knowing the facts of the faith. But it is even more vital to teach children how to pray, and to give children role models, adult examples for them to witness and aspire toward.
In its introduction, the document says its aim is to present “Catholic teaching in a way that is fresh, insightful, and accessible to contemporary Catholics and all people of good will.” The catechesis “offers a narrative beginning with our creation, soberly noting our fall and the challenges we face, but emphasizing God’s plan for our salvation. Love is our mission, and it is by loving God and one another that we will be fully alive.”
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