Tuesday, December 05, 2006

The Next Generation...


VATICAN CITY, DEC 5, 2006 (VIS) - Cardinal Secretary of State Tarcisio Bertone S.D.B. sent a message to Luciano Corradini, national president of the Italian Catholic Union of Middle School Teachers (UCIIM), and to participants in that association's 22nd national congress. The congress was held in Rome recently on the theme: "Education in schools. New scenarios, new responsibilities."

In his message, the cardinal gives assurances of Benedict XVI's appreciation for the activities of the UCIIM which, he recalls, was founded by Gesualdo Nosengo in 1944 and "works actively in schools, promoting initiatives for the cultural and didactic aggiornamento of teachers, showing particular concern for their religious and spiritual growth, and supporting all initiatives that effectively seek to promote the education of youth. [The Pope] encourages you to continue along this path, facing the challenges of the modern age with farsighted courage."

Cardinal Bertone continues: "The formation of new generations, as never before in history, calls for much shared reflection, and for the preparation of educational and pastoral strategies aimed at meeting the expectations of the world of youth in the third millennium. It is necessary to transmit to young people an appreciation of the positive value of life, arousing in them the desire to spend their own lives in the service of Good. And this requires a responsible contribution on everyone's part: teachers, parents, pastors and all people who truly have the future of humanity at heart."

I found this article to be very interesting. Cardinal Bertone says: "The formation of new generations, as never before in history,..."
It is so vital that the youth today are educated. The future rests in the hands of the next generation, and what I see so far is not so good. Today, Catholic children know next to nothing about their faith for one of two reasons. 1. Because their parents don't know their faith or 2. Because the parents just don't think it's very important or are afraid to teach the faith. We are running out of time. Too many souls leave this earth without faith. The time for conversion is now! We must pass on the Faith! Please do your part by studying your Faith, and by not being ashamed to stand up for it. If you have children to do not hesitate to teach them. God has placed a moral responsibility on all parents to pass down the Faith, and to not fulfill that obligation would be a grave matter. Matthew 28:19-20: "Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you". If you will not teach who will?


Anonymous said...

Religious Education is totally unecessary, and brain washing... It needs to be put to death just like Sadam Husein. It is way out of date...... -Yogeio

PBXVI said...

Adolph Hitler is one person who thought that religion should be put to death. As you can see, this anti-religious attitude didn't do much good for mankind. Actually, this mindset is a religion. It is called Humanism. This is the belief that if man comes together we can accomplish good and we do not need God to help us. However, God has revealed Himself in so many different ways only "the fool says in his heart, 'There is no God.'" (The Bible, Psalm 14:1)
Therefore, if there is a God, then we know we are held responsible according to the laws that that God gave us. For God HAS told us how to live according to His ways. I can boldly say that all of the problems that society faces now are connected to not following God's perfect plan. God has a plan for everyone's life. Religious education is the means in which to pass on the teachings that God has given us. God is real weather or not we believe in Him. Heaven and Hell are real weather or not you choose to believe it. If for example, a native living in the Amazon has never before heard of Taco Bell, it doesn't mean that Taco Bell does not exist. The same is true of the Spiritual world. It is real. I do not understand what reason you can give for saying that Religion is “unecessary, and brain washing”. As far as you saying, “It is way out of date”, reality has not changed. Hebrews 13:8 says: “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and for ever.”
Please feel free to clarify yourself or to continue the discussion. I hope I have been helpful! God Bless!