The context of the moral life with a focus on the

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Unformatted text preview: 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. Educating children for chastity strives to achieve three objectives: 1. to maintain in the family a positive atmosphere of love, virtue and respect for the gifts of God, in particular the gift of life 2. to help children to understand the value of sexuality and chastity in stages, sustaining their growth through enlightening words, example and prayer August 6th, 2009 Transfiguration of our Lord Diocese of La Crosse Page 4 of 38 Grade 8 3. to help them understand and discover their own vocation to marriage or to consecrated virginity for the sake o f the Kingdom of Heaven in harmony with and respecting their attitudes and inclinations and the gifts of the Holy Spirit (TM #22) At the heart of this task of educating their children in chastity, parents are enlightened by “two fundamental truths: • that man is called to live in truth and love • that everyone finds fulfillment through the sincere gift of self (TM #37) 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 Family Life, 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 training for religious educators or for recommendations on resources at (608) 791-2658. Implications Young people experience fluctuating moods and strong emotional stress at this stage. As a result, the catechist is to strive to deepen their awareness of the great and total love and acceptance Jesus has for each person, presenting Jesus as the One who saves, redeems, forgives, loves and leads them to the Father through His Spirit living in them. It is a time to emphasize the intrinsic goodness and dignity of each individual. Although teens are capable of logical and abstract thinking, the life of faith is still best presented through concrete experiences, which afford the opportunities to incorporate Christian virtue into their lives. As the need for privacy and time to be alone becomes more important to the adolescent, ways of fostering and deepening their spiritual life should be developed. Peer pressure is often the determining factor in the young person’s decision to experiment with drugs, alcohol and pre-marital relations. Catechists should provide strong and effective support groups involving the youth in home, parish, and community activities. Young persons seek to be themselves and to make their own decisions. It is the task of the catechist to assist...
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