8.31.2007

Classes Are In Session -- Watch For Children


The school bells are ringing once again. The laughter and shouts of children are filling the air. The Summer is quickly coming to an end. It is hard to believe.

Today, I want to focus on children and our task of looking out for their well-being. You have seen the title of this post before as bumper stickers and on highway billboards urging us to be cautious because children are around us. Isn't that funny? Children are around us each day and yet we go out of our way to be more aware of their presence when the summer months are coming to a close.

When the hot months occur that is when we should be most concerned with our children since they are in our view more often. They watch us -- at the mall, in the parks, at home and in church. And yet, we are told that when the classes are in session and they fill the seats of desks we should be more in tuned to them. Funny, strange, weird, huh?

As adults, we should be continuously strive to be living out our sainthood. We are examples to the younger set. We should be watching ourselves, our actions and words, daily. There are teachers, not just those in the classroom, that can change the world.

According to the Catholic Church, the fruitfulness of conjugal love extends to the fruits of the moral, spiritual, and supernatural life that parents hand on to their children by education. Parents are the principal and first educators of their children. In this sense the fundamental task of marriage and family is to be at the service of life. Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1653.

So according to the Church,

CLASSES ARE IN SESSION (EVERYDAY) -- WATCH FOR CHILDREN (AND YOURSELF).