Guide to Loving Parenting
In his Apostolic Exhortation “On the Role of the Christian Family in the Modern World,” Familiaris consortio, St. John Paul II reminds us of the beautiful role of a mother and father: “When they become parents, spouses receive from God the gift of a new responsibility. Their parental love is called to become for the children the visible sign of the very love of God, ‘from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named’” (14). Parenting is not always easy — in fact, it is oftentimes quite difficult, exhausting, and chaotic. Yet, it is a beautiful vocation, and when God calls us to it, He longs to equip us for it through our relationship with Him and especially through our reception of His grace in the sacraments. In this workshop, we will focus on the importance of our growing in our relationship with and love for God, as parents, so that we can more effectively raise our children lovingly and lead them into relationship with the One Who loves them most, our Lord Himself.