In the family, religious values would be proposed from childhood, to be cultivated in childhood, to be rethought in adolescence, so that the subject integrates them into his culture. Parents often have other thoughts on their minds, and although sometimes they sense that faith could be an important guiding factor, they don’t know how to give their family a religious character. Too often religion is lived by inertia, not with conviction.
In these times of religious and cultural crisis, the acceptance of faith and education in religious values can be a profound resource. Faith and religious values, however, depend essentially on the positive experience that has been made of them. The person always turns to what he has experienced as good, what he has experienced with satisfaction, security, and meaning.
No one is more suitable than the family to offer the person a first positive experience regarding faith and religious values. There is nothing that affects so deeply and leaves such traces in the life of a subject as the family.
The family should at least have the duty to offer young people knowledge of the religious problems arising in their conscience and implicit in their culture. While young people should have the right to know the various religious answers to the great questions of existence, to discuss them, to be helped to protect themselves from the stereotypes of the youth world and common conceptions in vogue.
Family education to religious values also passes through affection, the warmth of welcome, exclusive feelings of the family which is the main group that has the most capacity to offer an intimately human and positive environment in which to experience.
In the family, religious values are shared and captured effectively in an atmosphere of closeness, trust, love. And it is precisely through this positive experience that a religious sensitivity and appropriate behavior are rooted in the components. Verbal and non-verbal communication is therefore fundamental in the family that wants to transmit a certain type of religious values and that aspires to live their reality by the needs of their faith.
Sharing is important, communicating with others: moving from a more individualistic faith to a shared faith. Increasingly frequent is the fact that in the family someone declares himself unbelieving, and then it can be a stimulus to confront each other without adopting defeatist or pessimistic attitudes. Educating religious values in the family means sharing, understanding, experience, awareness.
This post was published on May 10, 2020 9:19 pm