1854. Claret publishes a Pastoral Letter denouncing the bad faith with which the biblical societies have introduced Protestant New Testaments on the Island, disguising it with the covers of the Catholic Bible from Scio.
1870. Claret sends Fr. Joseph Xifre the Holy See decree approving the Constitutions.
The Means of Catechizing Children
Second Means. Catechizing Children. The first thing I saw to was the instruction of children in Christian doctrine—not only because I have always felt a strong inclination toward this kind of education but also because I have come to realize its prime importance. Knowledge of the catechism is the foundation for the whole edifice of religious and moral instruction. Moreover, children learn readily and are deeply impressed. Catechism preserves them from error, vice, and ignorance… (Aut 275)
One of the things that has moved me most to teach children is the example of Jesus Christ and the saints. Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them. It is to just such as these that the kingdom of God belongs” (Mark 10:14)… (Aut 276)
Because I love children and want them to be educated in Christian doctrine, I have written four catechisms: one for small children, from the time they begin talking until they reach seven; one for country folk; another, more extensive one; and one fully explained and illustrated. (Aut 285)
FOR PERSONAL REFLECTION
- What is your apostolic relationship with children?
- Are you aware of the importance of placing good Christian principles in the hearts of children?
- What can be done to bring the Gospel closer to children?
- Tell about your experience of evangelization in the context of children and families.
our first and primordial form of evangelizing.”