Our Children: Saints Among Us

“The world needs saints. Even as our society becomes more distant from faith and more forgetful of God, it still hungers for joyful witnesses who have been transformed by Christ. At the same time, new generations of Catholics need grace to sustain them in a non-Christian environment.”

Our Children: Saints Among Us - Pastoral Letter of Archbishop of Denver

Pastoral Letter

Archbishop of Denver Samuel J. Aquila announced last Sunday (Pentecost) the restoration of the sacraments of initiation to their original order: Baptism, then Confirmation, and lastly first Eucharist. He explained the need for this change: These sacraments, given in this order “will make available every sacramental grace the Church has to offer to children who have reached the age of reason.”

This post contains excerpts from his Pastoral Letter, titled Saints Among Us: The Restored Order of the Sacraments of Initiation, because this is a matter of great importance in today’s world.

“The last century has made it clear that innovations do not save humanity. We still have wars, sickness, corruption and injustice. What will save us is not the next “thing,” but rather, the flood of grace and love that the Holy Trinity desires to pour out upon us.”

Our children can become saints who change the world, because of “the gifts of the Holy Spirit, the fortifying grace of Confirmation, and the lifelong spiritual nourishment of the Holy Eucharist.”

“The Archdiocese of Denver, and the Church as a whole, need more Catholics who are on fire with their faith. We need more disciples of Christ who love God with ‘all their might’.”

“In an increasingly secular world, the reality is this: the souls of our children are the battleground.”

“The most important changes that restoring the place of Confirmation will make are not logistical but spiritual. This is profoundly important, because we live in a different spiritual terrain than our parents or grandparents did. Indeed, the spiritual landscape of modern American society underscores the need for children to receive grace earlier.”

“The family is the primary school in which saints are formed…. This also means that parents are the principal teachers who prepare their children to receive the sacraments, and this requires parents to know and love the faith. If we do not understand our Catholic faith, how can we ever expect our children to understand it? If we are not living our Catholic faith, how can we ever expect it of our children? Each of us must examine our homes and ask ourselves, ‘Is my home truly a domestic Church?'”

“The world’s need for saints is obvious to anyone who reads the news. Many parents have told me how worried they are about their children growing up in a society that is increasingly less Christian and often anti-Christian…. Raising saints in this environment must start with parents and grandparents – those who provide an example and help children grow into mature disciples.”

 

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