Do you live vicariously through your child

PONTIFICAL COUNCIL FOR THE FAMILY

Preparatory catechesis
to the Fifth World Meeting of Families

VALENCIA 2006

July 1–9

 

List of catecheses and organization of each meeting

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HUMAN LOVE CANNOT EXIST
WHEN SHE TRIES TO RELEASE FROM THE CROSS

1. The family as the first and most important mediator of the faith
2. One and Triune God
3.The person of Jesus Christ as the center and synthesis of the Christian faith
4. The Holy Spirit and the Church
5. The sacraments as special occasions for the transmission of the faith
6.The commandments of the divine law
7.Sunday: the Eucharist and other expressions of faith
8. Popular piety
9.Most Holy Virgin Mary

 

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1. Opening song
2. Prayer of the "Our Father"
3. Bible reading
4. Reading of a text on the teaching of the Church
5. Thoughts of the Catechist
6. conversation
7. Suggestions
8. Prayer of the "Hail Mary" and invocation: "Regina familiae. Ora pro nobisÂÂ “.
9. Prayer for the family
10. Closing song

 

First catechesis

The family as the first and most important mediator of the faith

1. opening song

2. Prayer of the "Our Father"

3rd Bible reading: Mt 11, 25-30

4. Reading of a text on the teaching of the Church:

1. The eternal plan to save people in and through Christ is revealed through the Incarnate Word and particularly fulfilled through the Easter mystery of his death, resurrection and ascension, and the sending of the Holy Spirit. So the mystery of God in Christ has been fully and definitively revealed, and there will be no other revelation. “By giving us his son, his only word (for he has no other), he told us everything in that one word at once - and he doesn't have to tell us anything else" (John of the Cross).

2. This revelation has been entrusted to the Church, which has always the assistance of the Holy Spirit so that she may truly and without limitation bring God's salvation to all people of all times and cultures. The Church has not ceased - and will never cease - to proclaim this mystery primarily through the service of the Pope and the bishops and priests who are primarily responsible for it. In addition, every believing Christian shares in this responsibility by virtue of the prophetic mission he or she received from Christ in baptism.

3. If accepted, this proclamation will lead to repentance and faith. This is always an innocent gift from God, which, however, requires an answer from man and his open and willing cooperation. Usually, belief is not possible without an explicit preaching of the disclosed contents. Only in exceptional cases does God pour faith into an adult without his mystery having been announced beforehand. This order is common: express proclamation of the mystery of God, acceptance of this proclamation, conversion and profession of faith, baptism.

4. Through the sacrament of marriage and the baptism of parents and children, the Christian family is a "domestic church" and participates in this mission. As the father of the children, the family becomes the first and most important institution entrusted with the task of passing on to them the mystery of God's salvation. For this reason, parents are, for their children, the authentic conveyors of the faith they profess. Most of the great saints were born in deeply Christian families. It is a fact that in countries where the faith has long been persecuted, the faith has been preserved and passed on through the ministry of parents.

5. The family is not a self-sufficient or autonomous institution as far as the transmission of the faith to their children is concerned. It depends on a close relationship with the community and the school the children attend, especially if it is a Catholic school. Community catechesis and religious instruction in the central educational institution complement informal family catechesis, which sometimes also has to be formal.

6. From the earliest times of Christendom, the family was seen as the mediator of the faith of the fathers. It was customary for children to be baptized so that the bishop would welcome them into the Church on behalf of all parishioners. The parents' testimony played such a crucial role that the family became the place to be for the transmission of the Church's faith. This still happens today in the mission countries, while in other countries with a great Christian tradition the family has often lost its leading role, which leads to a decline in faith and religious practice.

7. The restoration of a vigorous evangelizing church involves the renewal of the family as the fundamental institution for the transmission of the faith. That is why the Christian family in the above-mentioned countries has a special field of activity today, especially with regard to other, non-Christian families or those who no longer practice their religion. Grandparents, children, and other members of the Christian family are called to pass the faith on to their parents and relatives.

5. Thoughts of the catechist

6th conversation:

  • Do married people today realize that the family is the first and foremost mediator of the faith, or are they ignorant of this mission or are they neglecting it?

  • Do Christian families realize that the fulfillment of their mission requires constant contact and dialogue with educators and the community? How can this dialogue or non-dialogue be seen?

  • How can families today proclaim Jesus Christ to their children?

7. Suggestions and personal resolution

8. Prayer of the "Hail Mary" and invocation: "Regina familiae. Ora pro nobisÂÂ “.

9. Prayer for the family: Oh God, you have given Christian families the honorable responsibility of passing the faith on to their children. Grant them the strength to faithfully carry out this task that you have entrusted to them. Through Jesus Christ our Lord.

10. Closing song

Second catechesis

One and Triune God

1. opening song

2. Prayer of the "Our Father"

3rd Bible reading: Eph 1, 3-10

4. Reading of a text on the teaching of the Church:

1. The mystery of the One and Triune God is the very center of the Christian family. Parents pass this central truth of their faith on to their children to the extent that they make them an integral part of family life.

2. God is the "I am" and "God is love". These two names are so inexpressibly linked that they express the same divine being who is above all created intelligence. Therefore God alone can grant us the correct and perfect knowledge of himself and reveal himself to us as Father, Son and Holy Spirit. The share in this divine life begins for us through faith on earth and is fulfilled later through the vision of God in eternal life.

3. Through revelation we can confess that God the Father begat the Son for all eternity, that the Son will be begotten, and that the Holy Spirit proceeds from the Father and the Son as their everlasting love. The three divine Persons are thus eternal and equal to one another. Likewise, they all fully share in the life and joy of God, and consequently it is always necessary to venerate the unity in the trinity and the trinity in the unity.

4. Jesus Christ, the incarnate Son of God, revealed to us this mystery and with it God's plan: that we all share as children in the love community of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.

5. Jesus Christ himself points out a certain similarity between the communion of divine Persons and the unity of God's children in truth and love when he asks the Father: “All should be one: As you, Father, in me and I am in you ”(Jn 17, 21-22). This similarity shows that man only finds fulfillment in giving himself to others. This likeness to God in self-giving, unity and love is the perfect realization of the family.

6. Marriage, which presupposes the total self-giving of the spouses to one another and the self-giving of the parents to their children, is a perfect image of the Trinitarian community. Therefore, the dynamic of family life must express this intimate unity of the divine Persons.

7. Any invocation to the Holy Trinity in the family should induce all of its members to renew their communal ties and to share their gifts more generously with other families.

5. Thoughts of the catechist

6th conversation:

  • Jesus Christ is the Son of God, and we too are children of God. What are the similarities and differences between these two relationships?

  • Why is the Christian family an image of the Trinity?

  • Which characteristics must a Christian family express in their family life in order to be a reflection of the Trinitarian life?

7. Suggestions and personal resolution

8. Prayer of the "Hail Mary" and invocation: "Regina familiae. Ora pro nobisÂÂ “.

9. Prayer for the family: God Almighty Father, you have sent the word of truth and the spirit of sanctification to the world to reveal your wonderful mystery to people. Grant us to profess true faith, know the glory of the eternal Trinity, and worship your almighty oneness. Through Jesus Christ our Lord.

10. Closing song

Third catechesis

The person of Jesus Christ as the center and synthesis of the Christian faith

1. opening song

2. Prayer of the "Our Father"

3rd Bible reading: Mt 1, 18-25

4. Reading of a text on the teaching of the Church:

1. “Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God. He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For in him everything was created in heaven and on earth, the visible and the invisible (ÂÂ); everything was created through him and for him. (ÂÂ) He is the origin, the firstborn of the dead; so he has priority in everything. For God wanted to dwell in him with all his fullness in order to reconcile everything through him. He wanted to lead everything in heaven and on earth to Christ, who made peace on the cross through his blood ”(Col 1, 15-20).

2. After he became man through the Holy Spirit in Mary's womb, he showed us the Father in his person and in his preaching. He gave us the new commandment to love one another as he loved us. He taught us the path of the Beatitudes: to be poor before God and meek, to endure suffering patiently, to thirst for justice, to be grateful and pure of heart, to make peace and to suffer persecution for the sake of justice. He suffered under Pontius Pilate. He died for us as the innocent lamb who took away the sins of the world. He was buried and rose again under his own power, and through his resurrection he gave us a share in the divine life. He ascended to heaven, and from there he will return in glory to judge the living and the dead, each according to his / her merit. And there will be no end to his kingdom.

3. Therefore, Jesus Christ is the center of the world, history and life of all people, and he is their only Redeemer. Our salvation lies in him alone: ​​there is no other mediator or religious founder who could do this. The person of Jesus Christ, the Son of God and true human being, is thus the center and synthesis of the Christian faith. In it we find the program of the Church and the Christian family, the "house church". As a result, there is no need to invent a new program because it already exists. It is the same program that the gospel and living tradition have always formulated. In short: it is geared towards Christ himself, whom we must know, love and imitate in order to live the trinitarian life in him and to transform history in him until it is perfected in the heavenly Jerusalem. It is a program that does not change, just as times and cultures change, even if it involves them in real dialogue and effective communication.

4. The knowledge of Jesus Christ arises and grows above all in the encounter with the word through hearing and reading the Gospel, participation in the sacramental life of the Church, especially the Eucharist, personal and communal prayer and caring for the poor and needy . This knowledge leads us to love his person and keep the commandment to love our neighbor that he gave us as a mark of identification. This is the beginning of every following of Christ.

5. That is why the Word of God and the Gospel in the family, the common participation in the Sunday Eucharist, the common prayer and the works of charity occupy a special place in the Christian home.

5. Thoughts of the catechist

6th conversation:

  • Can we love Jesus without knowing his life and teaching?

  • How can parents bring their children closer to Jesus' life and teaching?

  • How can we help the children discover that Christ lives among us and yet also lives in the glory of God the Father?

7. Suggestions and personal resolution

8. Prayer of the "Hail Mary" and invocation: "Regina familiae. Ora pro nobisÂÂ “.

9. Prayer for the family: Kind Father and God of consolation, you loved the world so much that you gave it your only begotten Son. Let the Christian families be able to show Jesus to their children as the way that leads us to you. Through Jesus Christ our Lord.

10. Closing song

Fourth catechesis

The Holy Spirit and the Church

1. opening song

2. Prayer of the "Our Father"

3rd Bible reading: Acts 2: 1-12

4. Reading of a text on the teaching of the Church:

1. When the task of salvation was completed, on Pentecost the Father sent the Holy Spirit to sanctify the believers and to give them access to him through Christ in the one Spirit. The Holy Spirit dwells in the Church and in the hearts of the believers as in a temple, and he works in them and testifies that the Father has adopted them as children.

2. The Holy Spirit leads the Church to the whole truth, gives her various gifts and beautifies her with his fruits. Through the power of the gospel he rejuvenates the church and guides it to perfect union with Christ, the bridegroom of the church. In this way the whole Church appears as one people brought together by the unity of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. The constitution of this people is the dignity and freedom of the children of God; his law is the new commandment to love as Christ loved us, and his goal is the expansion of the kingdom of God. This is meant for all human beings, and even if it may appear to be a small flock at times, it is a permanent and sure seed of unity, hope and redemption for all humanity.

3. The Holy Spirit prepares people and with his grace precedes them in order to draw them to Christ. He reveals to them the risen Lord, reminds them of his word and opens their minds to the understanding of his death and resurrection. Above all in the Eucharist, he brings to mind the mystery of Christ in order to reconcile and unite them with God so that they may bear abundant fruit (cf. KKK, 737).

4. In addition, the Spirit helps us in our weakness because we are unable to pray as we should; but the spirit itself steps in for us with a sigh too deep to be put into words. His grace awakens faith in us, conversion of heart and fidelity to the will of the Father.

5. When parents live according to the Spirit, their faith is imparted to children in the Holy Spirit from the very first moment of their existence. The consequent living of faith must then be supplemented with an appropriate explanation as soon as the children are able to understand it. The basis for this is the preparation and celebration of the sacraments of Christian initiation, especially Confirmation; hearing the word of God and reflecting on its requirements, and participating in the sacramental life of the church. It is especially effective if you help them to transfer the demands of their belonging to Christ to everyday life and if they become interested in passing on the joy of the message of Jesus to their friends and to their peers.

5. Thoughts of the catechist

6th conversation:

  • Can it be said that Christian families know the Spirit? How does this knowledge express itself?

  • What important tasks does the Holy Spirit fulfill in the church and in the family, the "domestic church"?

  • What role does the Holy Spirit play in the sacraments of Christian initiation: Baptism, Confirmation and First Communion, and how can children discover this?

7. Suggestions

8. Prayer of the "Hail Mary" and invocation: "Regina familiae. Ora pro nobisÂÂ “.

9. Prayer for the family: Almighty and Eternal God, you sent the Spirit to the apostles. Pour out this spirit of love on us too, so that we can give a faithful testimony of that love, which according to your will should be the distinguishing mark of your disciples. You who live and rule forever and ever.

10. Closing song

 

Fifth catechesis

The sacraments as special occasions for the transmission of the faith

1. opening song

2. Prayer of the "Our Father"

3rd Bible reading: Mt 28, 16-20

4. Reading of a text on the teaching of the Church:

1. The baptized are consecrated to a spiritual house and a holy priesthood by being born again and anointed with the Holy Spirit, so that through all the works that characterize the Christian man they may offer spiritual sacrifices and proclaim the power of those who bring them out of the Has called darkness into its wonderful light. Therefore all disciples of Christ are to offer themselves as a living, holy and pleasing sacrifice in persistent prayer and praise to God. Everywhere on earth they must bear testimony of Christ and answer anyone who asks about the hope that is in them (cf. LG, n. 10). The faithful exercise their priestly service primarily through a holy life and the reception of the sacraments.

2. The sacraments are God's masterpiece, because the great salvation events - especially the resurrection of Christ, through which we were reconciled to God and were part of his divine life - are present and effective in them. Through the mediation of the Church, we are given the redeeming grace of the seven sacraments throughout our life: in baptism we are born again as children of God and are accepted into his family; Confirmation strengthens our belonging to Christ and the Church; the Eucharist perfects our incorporation into Christ and the Church; the sacrament of penance heals wounds and restores the communion broken by sin; the anointing of the sick helps us to unite with Christ in our sickness and gives our suffering a co-redeeming meaning; marriage sanctifies human love between a man and a woman and makes it a visible sign of Christ's unity with his Church; the sacrament of consecration consecrates priests as servants of Christ and enables them to preach and to sanctify and lead God's people.

3. The coherence of the life of the family as the domestic church, both in the most important and in the most common, ordinary moments, is of the utmost importance for the transmission of the faith to children. It is therefore very advisable to give them an adequate and appropriate explanation to aid in the catechetical preparation for each of the sacraments. In this way, each child will understand the differences and riches of the grace denoted by the sacraments and incorporate them into their lives.

4. In this regard, the early reception of the sacrament of baptism is essentially an expression of the importance of parents to the gift of God's life to their child at the same time as natural life. Something similar happens when children are prepared at a very early age, through appropriate catechesis and favorable circumstances, to look forward to receiving the body and blood of Christ. Then, when the time for their First Communion comes, their preparation will be facilitated and enriched by the family and / or parish catechesis. The same is true of the sacrament of penance: when children see their parents receiving this sacrament in order to receive forgiveness from Christ, they too will grow in a desire to receive this sacrament. Preparing for Confirmation is a difficult time, one that either strengthens her belonging to Christ or leads to a phase of declining religiosity. For this reason, she demands a special follow-up from the parents. The same can be said of the choices young people make as to their status in life. Parents should, with deep respect for their personal choices, assist their children in choosing a class of bestowal or virginity.

5. Thoughts of the catechist

6th conversation:

  • How do the sacraments allow us to participate in the mission of Jesus Christ?

  • How can we make our children cherish and long to receive the sacraments?

  • How can we help them overcome any difficulties they may face?

7. Suggestions and personal resolution

8. Prayer of the "Hail Mary" and invocation: "Regina familiae. Ora pro nobisÂÂ “.

9. Prayer for the family: Lord, grant that we who have received the sacraments may bear witness to the mysteries of the death and resurrection of your Son in all situations of our life, in which we may part. Through Jesus Christ our Lord.

10. Closing song

 

Sixth catechesis

The commandments of the divine law

1. opening song

2. Prayer of the "Our Father"

3rd Bible reading: Mt 19, 16-22

4. Reading of a text on the teaching of the Church:

1. “Master, what good must I do to gain eternal life?” Jesus first points out to the rich young man who asks him this question that God, the “only good”, is the epitome of and Source all good things are to be recognized. Then Jesus said to him: "If you want to get life, keep the commandments". (Â € œYou shouldn't kill, you shouldn't commit adultery, you shouldn't steal, you shouldn't give false testimony; honor father and mother! «. Finally, Jesus sums up these commandments: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself!” ”(CCC, 2052).

2. To follow Christ means to keep his commandments: "Not everyone who says to me, Lord, Lord, will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of my Father" ". The commandments are contained in the so-called “Decalogue” - the “ten words” - which summarizes and proclaims God's law. For this reason, the Magisterium of the Church says that to be saved, one must keep the Ten Commandments because they express the basic duties of man to God and neighbor and make severe demands on him in this regard, such as: the Protection and the inviolability of life, the respect for the indissolubility of reciprocal conjugal self-giving, the duty to father and raise children

3. The commandments receive their full meaning in the New Covenant, because the meaning of human action is fulfilled in the context of God's loyalty to be reciprocated. So moral existence is the answer to the loving initiative of the Lord expressed in his covenant: it is recognition, honor and participation in the plan that God pursues in history. Therefore, the commandments must be viewed not only as prescriptions, but also as an opportunity to joyfully obey God's will.

4. The first three commandments set out the requirements for love of God; the rest relate to the demands of charity. They teach us how man can truly be human, that is, they emphasize the essential duties and fundamental rights of the human person. Even if man can recognize these commandments on his own, he still needs God's revelation because of his sinfulness in order to gain a complete and certain knowledge of this natural law.

5. Parents' respectful conscientiousness towards God's law allows children to sense in their hearts who is the true author and legislator of the natural law and the divine commandments. It is very helpful in building a right conscience in children if parents are able to distinguish in their behavior between what is commanded by the law of God and what is left to the free decision of each person, since not everything is regulated by divine law. In addition, by admitting their own omissions and violations of God's law, parents help create an atmosphere of sincerity in which children admit their mistakes without resorting to easy excuses or pathological guilt.

6. Parents instill fidelity to the commandments in their children by illustrating and applying the requirement of each commandment through family or social events, thereby helping them apply the theoretical knowledge they have acquired to their personal situation. In this way the parents complement institutional catechesis and religious instruction in a practical way.

5. Thoughts of the catechist

6th conversation:

  • How can we discover God's will in each commandment?

  • What is the most important commandment of the law?

  • Can we love Jesus Christ without doing His will? Why not)?

7. Suggestions and personal resolution

8. Prayer of the "Hail Mary" and invocation: "Regina familiae. Ora pro nobisÂÂ “.

9. Prayer for the family: O God, you have put the fullness of the law in love for yourself and for our neighbor. Grant us to keep your commandments and have eternal life. Through Jesus Christ our Lord.

10. Closing song

Seventh catechesis

Sunday: the Eucharist and other religious expressions

1. opening song

2. Prayer of the "Our Father"

3rd Bible reading: Acts 20: 7-20

4. Reading of a text on the teaching of the Church:

1. Sunday is the heart of the entire liturgical year because it celebrates the Lord's death and resurrection, which are the center of all history and the source from which all saving grace springs. This is how the apostles and the first Christian communities understood and celebrated him.

2. From the beginning, the Eucharist has been the center of Sunday. This is testified by the Abitene martyrs who were arrested during the Sunday Eucharist. When they were asked during interrogation why they had violated the emperor's strict prohibition, they replied: "Sine dominico non possumus", that means: We cannot live without celebrating the Eucharist together on Sundays. We would not have the strength to face our everyday problems and not succumb to them.

3. However, Sunday does not only consist of the celebration of the Eucharist. It goes into other celebrations and experiences through family reunions, care and attention for the poor, rest, etc.

4. For this reason it is necessary to highlight the Sunday Eucharist and Sunday itself as a special day of faith, the day of the risen Lord and the outpouring of the Spirit. The celebration of the Eucharist should be the focus of every Sunday for every baptized person. This is an inescapable duty with which we not only fulfill a commandment, but the essential requirement of a truly conscious and consistent Christian life. The duty to attend the Eucharistic celebration every Sunday is a specific aspect of the identity of the Christian community - even if it is only a small minority, lives in isolation or has to contend with difficult conditions.

5. By gathering Christians week after week as the family of God around the table of the Word and the Bread of Life, the Eucharist is also the most effective means of preventing the breakup, for it is an excellent opportunity for cultivating and continuing communion Life.

6. For all these reasons, the Sunday Eucharist must be the center of parental and family religiosity. When the children see that their parents take part in the Sunday Eucharist with them, they will make it an integral part of their lives and the most important pillar of their religiosity. Attending the Eucharist with the whole family is an ideal to strive for, in order to show that it takes precedence over all other important Sunday activities.

7. Appropriate celebration of the Eucharist and especially the reception of Holy Communion urges us to live the dimension of Christian charity. For this reason, parents must be a living example to their children in caring for the sick and needy.

8. To receive the sacrament of the Eucharist worthily, anyone who is aware that he has committed a mortal sin must first go to confession, for St. Paul says: “So whoever eats the bread and cup of the cup unworthily Lord drinks, guilty of the body and blood of the Lord ”(1 Cor 11:27).

5. Thoughts of the catechist

6th conversation:

  • What dimensions of faith does Sunday highlight?

  • Why is it so important to attend Sunday Mass as a family?

  • Can we be completely carefree after Mass because we have "already done our duty"?

7. Suggestions and personal resolution

8. Prayer of the "Hail Mary" and invocation: "Regina familiae. Ora pro nobisÂÂ “.

9. Prayer for the family: O God, you gather us every Sunday at the table of your word and of the body and blood of your Son that we may celebrate the memory of the risen Lord. We ask you: when that Sunday comes when the sun never sets, let us live as a united family and praise your kindness forever. Through Jesus Christ our Lord.

10. Closing song

Eighth catechesis

Popular piety

1. opening song

2. Prayer of the "Our Father"

3rd Bible reading: Luke 2: 41-52

4. Reading of a text on the teaching of the Church:

1. Although the liturgy is the summit towards which all action of the Church strives, and the source from which all her strength springs, her work or the spiritual life of the believers is not yet exhausted in it. Thus, in addition to participating in the liturgy, the Church encourages and recommends some celebrations and exercises of popular piety. Sometimes popular piety adopts forms of expression which no doubt derive from the authentic religious experience of the Christian people; but sometimes the Church needs to purify these expressions of imperfections, exaggerations, or even superstitious elements.

2. The Church's centuries-old experience shows that this kind of piety has produced an abundant fruit in Christian life in families and peoples. Guided by this experience and the light of the Holy Spirit, the Church believes that this piety, according to the diversity of peoples and continents, can still make a great contribution to a truly inculturated faith.

3. Popular piety is expressed in numerous forms during the liturgical year and especially during Lent, Holy Week and the Easter Triduum. Outside of the special festival groups, there are expressions of popular piety in connection with the Virgin Mary, the deceased believers and the saints. Pilgrimages, visits to places of pilgrimage and cemeteries, processions, etc. are inseparable parts of this type of piety.

4. The Christian family is very closely connected with these forms of piety - especially pilgrimages and visits to Marian shrines, some of which are world famous today - and these customs have passed from parents to children. Even today, many Christian families visit the Marian shrines with their children in order to venerate the Virgin and also to receive the sacraments of Penance and the Eucharist.

5. In addition to these forms, there are others such as grace, the rosary in the family, blessings from houses or cars, pilgrimages to the grave of the namesake, prayers for rain or for protection from disasters, etc.

6. Since faith gave birth to these religious customs and practices, it is advisable for parents to continue with them, to pass this simple, unshakable spirit on to their children and to live their relationship with God not only in extraordinary but also in the most everyday situations .

7. In addition, these practices had and still have a major influence on the identity of peoples and on the way in which one's beliefs are professed to the outside world.When these utterances are transformed into social expressions, they become a joyful confession of faith to the unbeliever and an encouragement to the weak.

5. Thoughts of the catechist

6th conversation:

  • Why is popular piety important to Christian life? Isn't their value rather low?

  • Does popular piety induce one to place Mary and the saints above God? Why not)?

  • Can you name some of the misguided expressions of popular piety?

7. Suggestions and personal resolution

8. Prayer of the "Hail Mary" and invocation: "Regina familiae. Ora pro nobisÂÂ “.

9. Prayer for the family: God our Father, you have given your people the wonderful example of the Holy Family. Grant us that by imitating these domestic virtues and united by bonds of love in our heavenly home, we may enjoy eternal rewards. Through Jesus Christ our Lord.

10. Closing song

Ninth catechesis

The Holy Virgin Mary

1. opening song

2. Prayer of the "Our Father"

3rd Bible reading: Jn 19: 25-27

4. Reading of a text on the teaching of the Church:

1. The Virgin Mary is united by an indissoluble bond with the life and work of redemption of her Son.

2. By receiving Christ, giving birth to him and dedicating him to the Father in the temple, by suffering with him when he died on the cross, she has in an incomparable way - through obedience, hope and ardent love - participated in the work of redemption of the renewal of the immortal life of souls. In this way, at the level of grace, she became the mother of all human beings. Yet this maternal mission does not obscure or diminish the unique mediation of Christ; on the contrary, it serves to show his power.

3. Mary is also deeply connected to the life and mission of the Church. By contemplating her deep holiness, imitating her love and faithfully doing the will of the Father, the Church also becomes our Mother. By proclaiming the Word of God, which man believes in baptism, the Church gives birth to children received by the Holy Spirit and born of God to a new and immortal life.

4. The Church also admires Mary, extols her as the most glorious fruit of salvation and joyfully regards her as the purest picture of what the Church herself as a whole strives for and what she hopes to be.

5. For all these reasons, the Church puts Mary before the faithful so that they may see in her the first work of salvation, venerating her as the Mother of Jesus and our Mother, both in the liturgy and in the Magisterium over the years Ask for their intercession in recommended devotion and devotional exercises.

6. Likewise, the Church reminds the faithful that true devotion to Mary does not consist in sterile, ephemeral sentimentality or vain gullibility, but on the contrary comes from authentic faith which leads us to recognize the outstanding importance of the Mother of God and to accord her childishly love and imitate their virtues.

7. We are all aware that we have received the veneration of the Virgin Mary in our homes as a precious inheritance through the example and testimony of our parents: the Rosary in the family, the Angelus and the Salve Regina, the celebration of the Feast of Mary, the Month of May, visits to places of pilgrimage, etc.

8. The feasts of Mary have always been special occasions for receiving the sacrament of penance and the Eucharist. Many parish churches are dedicated to a mystery from the life of Mary, which thus plays an important role in the life of the Christian community concerned.

5. Thoughts of the catechist

6th conversation:

  • What is the relationship between Mary and Christ, the only mediator?

  • Is the love for God favored, hindered or hindered by the devotion to Mary? Why?

  • What virtues, natural and supernatural, can we particularly mention in the life of Mary?

7. Suggestions and personal resolution

8. Prayer of the "Hail Mary" and invocation: "Regina familiae. Ora pro nobisÂÂ “.

9. Prayer for the family: Lord our God, through the virgin birth of Mary you gave men the fruit of redemption. Grant us to experience the intercession of Mary through whom we received your Son, Jesus Christ, the author of life. You who live and rule forever and ever.

10. Closing song

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