Parents’ Page – Nurturing the Spirit

 

Nurturing the Spirit

Christian parents who bring their children for baptism recognise their role as nurturers of the life that God has entrusted to them (CCC1251). Guidance in nurturing this life can be found in scripture, the traditions of the church and the community of believers.

Faith and Baptism

Baptism is the sacrament of faith.  But faith needs the community of believers.  It is only within the faith of the Church that each of the faithful can believe (CCC1253).  For all baptised, children or adults, faith must grow after Baptism (CCC1254).

For the grace of Baptism to unfold, the parents’ help is important, so too the role of the godfather and godmother, to help the newly baptised on the road of Christian life.  The whole ecclesial (church) community bears some responsibility for the development and safeguarding of the grace given at Baptism (CCC1255).

Here, at Infant Jesus Church Morley, we are committed in walking this journey in faith with parents, children and seekers of God.

Passing On The Faith

Faith is a mystery.  The Church professes this mystery in the Apostle’s Creed and celebrates it in the sacraments, so that the life of the faithful can be conformed to Christ.  We, the faithful, are called to believe in it, celebrate it and live from it in a vital and personal relationship with the living and true God.  This relationship is prayer (CCC2558).

The purpose of this webpage for parents (and seekers of truth) is to foster the relationship between the child (and also the adult) with God, from birth, through the growing years and into adulthood, through prayer.

Where or How Do We Start?

It is good for those who have not discovered their own personal way to be with God to bear in mind that prayer is a simple look turned toward heaven, it is a cry of recognition and of love, embracing both trial and joy. (St Therese of Lisieux)

It is as simple as taking all that is on your mind and in your heart and offering it all to God; talking to him as you would your spouse, family members and friends.

Sounds do-able? Let us begin:

 References:

CCC – Catechism of the Catholic Church 1994, Ligouri Publications

Resources and Links – Overview

There are many resources, ranging from easy-to-read books to more scholarly works, that can be helpful to parents wishing to grow in their own faith and to gain valuable insights about nurturing the home in our/the Catholic faith.  You are welcome to come and visit the parish piety stall and parish library (Monday- Thursday 9.30am-12.30pm) and view the collection of books, cards, CDs, DVDs in addition to many other varied inspiritional items we carry.

Libraries (free membership) – Parish Library and Catholic Library of Western Australia (0nline catalogue)

Biblical Foundation – helping Catholics develop their knowledge and use of the Scriptures so as to form a firm biblical foundation for their everyday lives.  Have your bible questions answered.

Maranatha Centre – for adults who wish to deepen their knowledge and understanding of the (their) Catholic faith and practice.

Retail and Online Stores for Christian books and inspirational products: Gatto Christian Shop | WORD | Koorong | St Paul’s Publications |  Book Depository | Amazon

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