Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time July 16, 2017

CHURCH TEACHING ON CHRISTIAN FORMATION PART I. (Warning: this is for wise people only).

"Hear this, ye fathers and mothers, that your upbringing of children shall not lose its reward [...] It was on account of his children that Eli perished (see I Samuel). For he ought to have admonished them, and indeed, he did admonish them, but not as he ought; but from unwillingness to give them pain, he destroyed both himself and them. Hear this, ye fathers, bring your children up with great, great care in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. Youth is wild, and requires many governors, teachers, directors, attendants and tutors; and after all these, it is a happiness if it be restrained. For as a horse not broken in, or a wild beast untamed, such is youth. But if from the beginning, from the earliest age, we fix in it good rules, much pains will not be required afterwards; for good habits formed will be for them as a law. Let us not suffer them to do anything which is agreeable but injurious [...] Let us admonish them. Let us employ sometimes advice, sometimes warnings, sometimes threatening. Let us bestow great care upon them, and do everything, that the Evil One may not rob us of them." (St. John Chrysostom)
"Fathers and mothers, Go and lead your children by the hand into the Church." (St. John Chrysostom) "Rear your children in the Lord [...] Teach them from infancy the Word of God. Discipline them when needed, and render them respectful to legitimate authority. Never let them exercise authority over you." (The Apostolic Constitutions)
"With us everything should be secondary compared to our concern with children, and their upbringing in the instruction and teaching of the Lord." (St. John Chrysostom) "Young people must be made to distinguish between helpful and injurious knowledge, keeping clearly in mind that Christian's purpose in life. So, like an athlete or the musician, they must bend every energy to
one task, the winning of the heavenly crown." (St. Basil the Great) "Seek out with much care and thought, a teacher who will be a safe guide to you in your manner of life; one who knows well how to lead such as are journeying towards God; a teacher who is rich in virtues [...] and wise in the Holy Scriptures." (St. Basil the Great).