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Unformatted text preview: bedience, 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 for both parents, Catholic school teachers and
catechists in the religious education programs. Please call the Office of Catechesis and Evangelization for
recommendations on resources or training for religious educators (608) 791-2658. Implications
Music, art, drama and related activities stimulate the children’s creativity and provide an opportunity for them
to express and appreciate religious concepts.
Fourth-graders desire social approval to such a degree that they are becoming conformists. It is the task of the
catechist to encourage them to do what is right because it is Jesus’ way, whether it pleases the group or not.
The catechist should stress the reasons and the values underlying the rules, as well as the importance of right
motives. Moral development includes the desire of the heart to love God and to do God’s will. August 6th, 2005
Transfiguration of our Lord Diocese of La Crosse Page 4 of 28 Grade 4
Children can be made aware of social ills and human need by becoming involved, in various ways, in social
justice activities: helping those in need through a parish activity, being a friend with someone who is not part
of the accepted group, sharing the Faith with friends, learning not to waste natural resources. Children of this
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