DAILY CATHOLIC - Tuesday, November 4, 1997   volume 8, no. 23

Honoring the Founder of CCD: Saint Charles Borromeo

To commemorate the feast of Saint Charles Borromeo, the patron saint of catechists everywhere, we bring you a few capsules on the objectives of promoting the catechism to all from the new Catechism of the Catholic Church.

No. 2226 and 2688, page 537 and 646 respectively of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, Libreria Editrice Vaticana: Urbi Et Orbi Communications:

Education in the faith by the parents should begin in the child’s earliest years. This already happens when family members help one another to grow in faith by the witness of a Christian life in keeping with the Gospel. Family catechesis precedes, accompanies, and enriches other forms of instruction in the faith. Parents have the mission of teaching their children to pray and to discover their vocation as children of God. (35). The parish is the Eucharistic community and the heart of the liturgical life of Christian families; it is a privileged place for the catechesis of children and parents.

The catechesis of children, young people, and adults aims at teaching them to meditate on The Word of God in personal prayer, practicing it in liturgical prayer, and internalizing it at all times in order to bear fruit in a new life. Catechesis is also a time for the discernment and education of popular piety (46). The memorization of basic prayers offers an essential support to the life of prayer, but it is important to help learners savor their meaning.

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