“Religion must be taught to children. You are ready to provide them with dancing teachers; you stock their memories with fanciful tales from ancient paganism, as though Jesus Christ will ask you one day whether you have made of your offspring good dancers, accomplished poets or gifted orators.

Teach the mysteries, warn them against the discourses of unbelievers.

Show them Jesus Christ, the expected one of the old testament, who reigns now in the new: that is a teaching rooted in fact. But instead, we limit ourselves to a few muddled ideas about Jesus Christ, about the gospel, about the Church, about the obligation to submit to her infallible authority […]

Relying on historical facts, give them an attractive, loveable, and noble idea of religion instead of a sad and dreary one. Caution them against superstition; too many parents do little of that.

–“But I don’t have the time!” But on Sundays, what else do you have to do?

–“But I am not prepared!” Well then, attend lessons in the fundamentals of religion with your children at your side. If they do not know how, teach them to go to confession; so many parents send their children without […] anything afterwards.

Have devotion to the child Jesus […] and who when he was more advanced in age often repeated, “Let the little children come unto me.” Devotion to Mary to obtain protection of their purity, and to the guardian angels; teach them never to begin an important action […].”

[Ms 62]

“Religion must be taught to children. You are ready to provide them with dancing teachers; you stock their memories with fanciful tales from ancient paganism, as though Jesus Christ will ask you one day whether you have made of your offspring good dancers, accomplished poets or gifted orators.

Teach the mysteries, warn them against the discourses of unbelievers.

Show them Jesus Christ, the expected one of the old testament, who reigns now in the new: that is a teaching rooted in fact. But instead, we limit ourselves to a few muddled ideas about Jesus Christ, about the gospel, about the Church, about the obligation to submit to her infallible authority […]

Relying on historical facts, give them an attractive, loveable, and noble idea of religion instead of a sad and dreary one. Caution them against superstition; too many parents do little of that.

–“But I don’t have the time!” But on Sundays, what else do you have to do?

–“But I am not prepared!” Well then, attend lessons in the fundamentals of religion with your children at your side. If they do not know how, teach them to go to confession; so many parents send their children without […] anything afterwards.

Have devotion to the child Jesus […] and who when he was more advanced in age often repeated, “Let the little children come unto me.” Devotion to Mary to obtain protection of their purity, and to the guardian angels; teach them never to begin an important action […].”

[Ms 62]

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