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Fr. Samuel Weber, OSB: The Family and a Catholic Upbringing

Fr. Samuel Weber, OSB describes his childhood in order to illustrate the importance and the challenge of forming future generations of Catholics in the family and the Catholic school. Here you can glimpse Catholic culture as it was when Fr. Samuel was growing up and how it comes about in the best way.

"Sacred Signs and Religious Formation: An Application of the Teachings of Monsignor Romano Guardini"

Familiaris Consortio (On the Role of the Christian Family in the Modern World)

"...the family has the mission to become more and more what it is, that is to say, a community of life and love, in an effort that will find fulfillment, as will everything created and redeemed, in the Kingdom of God. Looking at it in such a way as to reach its very roots, we must say that the essence and role of the family are in the final analysis specified by love. Hence the family has the mission to guard, reveal and communicate love, and this is a living reflection of and a real sharing in God's love for humanity and the love of Christ the Lord for the Church His bride. Every particular task of the family is an expressive and concrete actuation of that fundamental mission."

Click here to read this important document on the vital role of the family in handing on the Faith and fostering a Catholic culture.

The Family, the Domestic Church

This article describes how important it is for the family to model the life of the Church so as to guide children to a proper and living understanding of the Faith. It goes on to describe some practical ways in which to model the Church's life.

"The Domestic Church: The Catholic Home"

Alice von Hildebrand: Two Approaches to Love, Marriage, and Sex

Dr. Alice von Hildebrand, whose late husband Dietrich von Hildebrand was well known throughout the Catholic world for his rich meditations and contributions to perennial philosophy and Catholic theology, writes a striking article that explains clearly the traditional attitude and approach to sexuality, love, and marriage in Catholicism as opposed to those approaches that are tainted with the vulgarism of modern society. She emphasizes the delicacy of such issues as well as their importance and how our presentation and attitude towards them reveals much about our state.

"Dietrich von Hildebrand, Catholic Philosopher, and Christopher West, Modern Enthusiast:Two Very Different Approaches to Love, Marriage and Sex"