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Part Three

community and the heart of the liturgical life of Christian families;

it is a privileged place for the catechesis of children and parents.

2227

Children in turn contribute to the

growth in holiness

of their

parents.

36

Each and everyone should be generous and tireless in

forgiving one another for offenses, quarrels, injustices, and neglect.

Mutual affection suggests this. The charity of Christ demands it.

37

2228

Parents’ respect and affection are expressed by the care

and attention they devote to bringing up their young children and

providing for their physical and spiritual needs.

As the children grow

up, the same respect and devotion lead parents to educate them in

the right use of their reason and freedom.

2229

As those first responsible for the education of their chil­

dren, parents have the right to

choose a school for them

which

corresponds to their own convictions. This right is fundamental.

As far as possible parents have the duty of choosing schools that

will best help them in their task as Christian educators.

38

Public

authorities have the duty of guaranteeing this parental right and

of ensuring the concrete conditions for its exercise.

2230

When they become adults, children have the right and

duty to

choose their profession and state of life.

They should assume

their new responsibilities within a trusting relationship with their

parents, willingly asking and receiving their advice and counsel.

Parents should be careful not to exert pressure on their children

either in the choice of a profession or in that of a spouse. This

necessary restraint does not prevent them—quite the contrary—

from giving their children judicious advice, particularly when

they are planning to start a family.

2231

Some forgo marriage in order to care for their parents or

brothers and sisters, to give themselves more completely to a

profession, or to serve other honorable ends. They can contribute

greatly to the good of the human family.

36 Cf.

GS

48 § 4.

37 Cf.

Mt

18:21-22;

Lk

17:4.

38 Cf.

GE

6.

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