I found a document online that seems too good to skip. Not that it’s an exciting page-turner or anything, but it’s the most comprehensive document I’ve found about what our Church has to offer regarding life and love. The document is particularly for young parents who are wondering how to go about the sexual education of their children. It’s called The Truth and Meaning of Human Sexuality: Guidelines for Education within the Family and was prepared by the Pontifical Council for the Family (so, straight from the horse’s mouth).

In the introduction, it says, Boy, are YOU ever in for it. Ok, I’m paraphrasing. They actually say:

Among the many difficulties parents encounter today, despite different social contexts, one certainly stands out: giving children an adequate preparation for adult life, particularly with regard to education in the true meaning of sexuality. There are many reasons for this difficulty and not all of them are new.

No matter how “delicate and arduous” the task will be, they urge us to not be discouraged. We were made for the job:

On the other hand, having given and welcomed life in an atmosphere of love, parents are rich in an educative potential which no one else possesses. In a unique way they know their own children; they know them in their unrepeatable identity and by experience they possess the secrets and the resources of true love.

I’m pretty excited about diving into the rest of it in more detail and sharing the gems with you. We’ll do it in a series of bite-sized installments. Hopefully, we’ll get through it before my oldest goes to the prom.

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