Tuesday, April 10, 2007

The Meaning of Christian Education

I'm finishing up reading the second part of Sacramentum Caritatis for our teen discussion tonight. I'm glad we decided to meet during Holy Week and Easter Week as the readings and discussions have been conducive to a better understanding and appreciation of the Easter Triduum celebrations.

Here's a short, but meaty quote from today's reading:
The aim of all Christian education, moreover, is to train the believer in an adult faith that can make him a "new creation", capable of bearing witness in his surroundings to the Christian hope that inspires him.
The Holy Father is speaking here in the context of religious education in preparation for the sacraments, but I think he's also pointing to a larger sense of the meaning and purpose of education.


Robert said...

Thanks. I can use this in my talk on April 27.

Love2Learn Mom said...

I'm so glad you found it helpful! The Holy Father has wonderful writings on education and catechesis. Have you seen Handing on the Faith in an Age of Disbelief or Gospel, Catechesis, Catechism? I have some notes from both books under my "Pope Benedict XVI" tag in the sidebar (naturally I'll be incorporating some of it into my beginning homeschool workshop as well).

Good luck with your talk! Unfortunately I don't expect to be there on Friday.