In a constantly changing world, the Church should focus, predominantly, on the faithful of tomorrow: schoolchildren and students
Andrei Andreicuţ, In a constantly changing world, the Church should focus, predominantly, on the faithful of tomorrow: schoolchildren and students
Year 2015 was dedicated by the Holy Synod to “The Mission of today parish and monastery
and to St. John Chrysostom and the great shepherds of souls from dioceses”. All the great shepherds of souls, all the great spiritual fathers realized the importance of religious education for young people. In modern and postmodern times there still are voices who disagree. One of their motivations is that children’s freedom of conscience would not be respected. In fact, it is the children’s religious education that provides them the prerequisite for a normal spiritual life and for getting closer to God, who is not a myth, but the most obvious reality, and, we need to emphasize, they can, as adults, freely chose whether they want a religious life or not. Children are fully moulded by studying religion, and not only in Romania, but all over Europe which has Christian roots. Three institutions form the young: family, church and school. The Christian family is the foundation of a fatherland, because children are born and educated here. And the Church must meet the family, working together to educate children. School and church always went hand in hand when it came to training the younger generation. For a proper training of youth, family, church and school must harmonize their efforts.
Keywords: youth, education, family, church, school