Reflections" regarding THE PATH TO COMMUNION (continued)

Prayer  ~~  "Come Spirit of Love!  Come that we may be one, as the Father and You are One.  
One united with You!  

 

One united through our Baptism 
in
FAITH and in LOVE!"

Leading Children to Encounter Christ

"Let the Children come unto Me."

We must always remember that~~

children are 

a  
gift
from 
God 

and 
that they represent a 
"sign" of
His presence in the world today!

Pope John Paul II reminds us that there is a need to accompany our children in their encounter with the "living" Jesus Christ.  

This important responsibility lies mostly upon us, as parents, because it is up to us to lead our children to their first encounter with the  
"living" Jesus Christ
 
in the 
Sacrament of Baptism

where the priceless gift 
of
 
faith 
is given to them

Without our distinct desire to have them baptized, this first encounter 
would never happen.

Equally, it must be our desire, as parents, to lead our children to their encounter with the 
 "living" Jesus Christ
in the  
Sacrament of First Communion  

where they are able to receive the 
Body, Blood, Soul
 
and 
Divinity
 
of the 
"living" Jesus Christ,

This is very important because our children are part of the  
living
community 
of 
faith
,
hope and love."
 

Our Holy Father gratefully acknowledges the efforts of all those who seek to serve the family and children with the same attitude as Jesus Christ who said:  "Let the children come to me, and do not hinder them; for to such belongs the kingdom of Heaven."  (Matthew 19:4)  

His acknowledgement is especially for parents, teachers, pastoral, social and health care workers.

The Synod Fathers rightly deplores and condemns 

the
painful condition of many children 
throughout the Continent of America!
 

who are denied their dignity, their innocence and even their lift!  

"This condition includes violence, poverty, homelessness, 
lack of adequate health care
and education, 
the harm inflicted by drugs and alcohol, 
and 
other states of neglect and
abuse."
  

Special mention was made during the Synod of  the deplorable acts 
against our children 
through 
sexual abuse 
and 
child prostitution!

   That is why the Synod Fathers made an urgent appeal 
"to all those holding authority in society, that, 
as a priority, 
they 
do all in their power
to alleviate the 
suffering 
of our 
children 

in 
America
!"


New Message of Hope 

The Encounter with The Living Jesus Christ

Encountering
Jesus Christ in America Today
The Path of Conversion

The Path to Communion

The Path  to
Solidarity