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Peace begins at home

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Jesus got close to the small ones, to the excluded ones, and always defended them. He was against those who caused scandals in the children. He received and blessed them, touched them, hugged them and requested: “Let the little children come to me; do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of God belongs.” Mar 10: 13-16

Jesus also asked the disciples to become like children to enter the kingdom of God. He saw the children as an example to the adults. “Anyone who welcomes a little child such as this in my name, welcomes me; and anyone who welcomes me, welcomes not me but the one Who sent me.” Mar 9:37. He confirmed that the small ones understood about the Kingdom even more than the wise doctors, because they are open to receive the other and learn always more.

When the child is treated with love and respect, seeing the good examples at home and in the community, he/she develops important attitudes and values for the true fellowship with other people in the community, such as solidarity, kindness, respect and responsibility.

In order to help the families to raise their children for the peace, apart from the Leader’s Guide, the leaders of the Child’s Pastoral can count on a material called the “10 Commandments for the Peace in the Family”. This material is printed behind the cover page of this Guide and brings important reflections about how the parents and family members can act to build up an environment of love and peace around themselves. Leader, this leaflet should be delivered and read with each followed family.

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“And you parents, never drive your children to resentment but bring them up with correction and advice inspired by the Lord.” Eph 6:4