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Part Three

O son, help your father in his old age, and do not grieve him as

long as he lives; even if he is lacking in understanding, show

forbearance; in all your strength do not despise him. . . . Who­

ever forsakes his father is like a blasphemer, and whoever

angers his mother is cursed by the Lord.

25

2219

Filial respect promotes harmony in all of family life; it also

concerns

relationships between brothers and sisters.

Respect toward

parents fills the home with light and warmth. “Grandchildren are

the crown of the aged.”

26

“With all humility and meekness, with

patience, [support] one another in charity.”

27

2220

For Christians a special gratitude is due to those from

whom they have received the gift of faith, the grace of Baptism, and

life in the Church. These may include parents, grandparents, other

members of the family, pastors, catechists, and other teachers or

friends. “I am reminded of your sincere faith, a faith that dwelt first

in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice and now, I am

sure, dwells in you.”

28

The duties of parents

2221

The fecundity of conjugal love cannot be reduced solely to

the procreation of children, but must extend to their moral educa­

tion and their spiritual formation. “The

role of parents in education

is of such importance that it is almost impossible to provide an

adequate substitute.”

29

The right and the duty of parents to edu­

cate their children are primordial and inalienable.

30

2222

Parents must regard their children as

children of God

and

respect them as

human persons.

Showing themselves obedient to the

will of the Father in heaven, they educate their children to fulfill

God’s law.

25

Sir

3:12-13, 16.

26

Prov

17:6.

27

Eph

4:2.

28

2 Tim

1:5.

29

GE

3.

30 Cf.

FC

36.

1653

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