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Saint of the Day

Bl. Maria Gabriella (1914-1939)
After a rebellious but loyal youth, Maria joined a Trappestine monastery. She soon dedicated her short life to praying for Christian Unity. She died of tuberculosis just 15 months later.

Reflections from the Saints

God's will whatever it may be, this is my joy, my happiness, my peace.
– Bl. Maria Gabriella
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Life in Christ: Catechism #2223

Parents have the first responsibility for the education of their children. They bear witness to this responsibility first by creating a home where tenderness, forgiveness, respect, fidelity, and disinterested service are the rule. The home is well suited for education in the virtues. This requires an apprenticeship in self-denial, sound judgment, and self-mastery – the preconditions of all true freedom. Parents should teach their children to subordinate the "material and instinctual dimensions to interior and spiritual ones." Parents have a grave responsibility to give good example to their children. By knowing how to acknowledge their own failings to their children, parents will be better able to guide and correct them.