Author: Fr. James Kroeger

Parish, an Evangelizing Community

IN celebrating 2017 as the “Year of the Parish as a Communion of Communities,” the Philippines Bishops note that “we are challenged to more deeply discern not only the structures of governance of our dioceses and parishes

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Authentic Education within the Family

“TOWARDS a Better Education of Children” is the title of chapter seven of Pope Francis’ The Joy of Love. The pope asserts that “parents always influence the moral development of their children, for better or for worse.” Thus, it follows that they “should take up this essential role and carry it out consciously, enthusiastically, reasonably and appropriately” (259), employing both traditional and newer methods to guide their children. One find an interesting and pedagogically insightful section in which Francis clearly states that “obsession, however, is not education. We cannot control every situation that a child may experience…. If parents...

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Family Joys and Challenges

Pope Francis devotes the entire fifth chapter of The Joy of Love to a reflection on love’s “fruitfulness” in the family; this certainly involves much more than questions of fertility.  Fruitfulness includes welcoming new life, manifesting love as father and mother, appreciating the extended family, fostering relationships between youth and the elderly, and maturing in social love and respectful relationships.  Genuine fruitfulness will also involve addressing challenges, problems, and uncertainties. For example, the pope’s words to pregnant “fruitful” mothers are poignant and tender!  “Expectant mothers need to ask God for the wisdom fully to know their children and to...

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