Protecting the Lambs

As the pastor of my domestic Church, I must admit that we don’t have any pews or bells. We do, however, have areas set aside in our home for prayer, and we have adorned our home with crucifixes, Catholic art, holy water fonts, and the like, which serve as helpful reminders of our family’s Catholic identity. Even so, it’s not the externals that make the Church–domestic or otherwise–so much as the lives of faith, hope, and charity that are fostered on the inside.

Pastors of parishes are often presented with programs and ideas, and while they want to say yes, they need to scrutinize the proposal to make sure nothing harmful to the faith is allowed into the parish.

Similarly, we have to be careful about what we allow into our homes. I’m not suggesting that we adopt a bunker mentality, but are we good shepherds, truly committed to protecting the souls that have been entrusted to our care? We might talk a good game when it comes to what’s going on at the parish, but do we apply the same level of scrutiny to what goes on in our own homes? Are we careless in letting in influences, often under the guise of entertainment, that are harmful to our family’s life of faith, hope, and charity?

Families may take different approaches to the Internet, television, cell phones, and the like. But whatever approach we take, we must be clear in our resolve to protect the faith of our children from thieves and marauders that want to steal it from them. Catechism, no. 2088 provides the standard, and I find it quite sobering:

“The first commandment requires us to nourish and protect our faith with prudence and vigilance, and to reject everything that is opposed to it.”

Let us renew our personal commitment to defend the faith and innocence of the next generation. And that commitment starts close to home–in fact, in the home.

2 Responses to “Protecting the Lambs”

  1. Zach says:

    Good reminder, Leon. On a related note, the missus and I were piping mad when the (usually reliable) KCSJ diocesan newspaper ran Deal Hudson”s review of the Fox show "Glee" over the weekend. After reading the review, any parent would be left thinking this highly toxic show is harmless fun for his or her teenager. All of us who appreciate the artistic value of entertainment have to be constantly on our guard against, well, letting down our guard — as you so clearly note.

  2. leon says:

    I haven”t seen Deal”s column, nor the program Glee, so I”m not equipped to comment on that.

    It does raise the point that media options (a gazillion TV channels, Net Flix, Red Box, You Tube, etc.) are increasing exponentially, and we can”t reasonably pre-screen all this stuff. And yet, we don”t want our kids to unnecessarily be social outcasts who are only allowed to watch "Sound of Music." So we do need reliable reviewers who can do some of the legwork for us. Deal usually is on the money with his reviews, so I can”t explain this one.

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