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collaboration, obedience, generosity and self-denial in their children, as well as a capacity for self-reflection. In
fact, a characteristic of this period of development is an attraction toward intellectual activities. Using the
intellect makes it possible to acquire the strength and ability to control the surrounding situation and, before
long, to control bodily instincts, so as to transform them into intellectual and rational activities” (TM #86).
“An undisciplined or spoiled child is inclined toward certain immaturity and moral weakness in future years
because chastity is difficult to maintain if a person develops selfish or disordered habits and cannot behave
with proper concern and respect for others. Parents [and teachers] should present objective standards of what
is right and wrong, thereby creating a sure moral framework for life” (TM #86).
It is the understanding of the Catholic Church that parents are the primary educators of their children. In the
Catholic Schools and Religious Education Programs, formation in chastity will be taught in the context of the
moral life with a focus on the dignity of the human person. Human sexuality, which is to include formation in
chastity, is the responsibility of the parents.
It is the duty of the parish to help and support parents “in fulfilling their fundamental right and duty to educate
their children for love.” (TM #41-47) The Diocese of La Crosse, through the Office of Natural Family
Planning, offers training and support for parents and parents/young people in matters of human sexuality and
formation for chastity. For information call (608) 791-2658. The Diocese also offers resources such as Taking
A Stand, Helping our Kids Win the Battle for Sexual Purity and Theology of the Body for Teens for both
parents, Catholic school teachers and catechists in the religious education programs. Please call the Office of
Catechesis and Evangelization (608) 791-2658 for training for religious educators or for recommendations on
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To help the children move from a moral stage known as self-interest, the catechist should endeavor to awaken
in them an awareness of the needs and feelings of others, inviting them to reach out to others in love and
concern. Even at this early age children can tell others about Jesus and His Family. (Evangelization)
Children also require the development of the supernatural virtues of Faith, Hope and Love. Because children
relate readily to the language of symbols and gestures and begin to acquire the spiritual attitudes which the
gestures express, the catechist should provide frequent opportunities for them to engage in ritual: processions,
offerings, praising and thanking God in prayer and song, worship of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament. (Virtues
of Faith, Love)
One way six-year-old children begin to understand who God is and what He wants is from the...
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