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Parenting as a Path to Holiness

In this FRESHImage Presents, Tony Crescio discusses what it means for the Church to teach that the Christian family is the “domestic church.” He begins by examining the sociological findings of Christian Smith and Amy Adamczyk in Handing Down the Faith, which reveals several obstacles in our own time and place to truly understanding and living these teachings of the Church. Tony then goes on to discuss how the family can rightly be understood as the “domestic church” and how when it is, parenting becomes a clear path to holiness for all parents, traveled above all by practicing the works of mercy within the home.

Music written and performed by Stephanie Wise

Works Cited

Christian Smith and Amy Adamczyk, Handing Down the Faith: How Parents Pass Their Religion on to the Next Generation

Jana Bennett, Water is Thicker Than Blood: An Augustinian Theology of Marriage and Singleness

Marc Cardinal Oullet, Mystery and Sacrament of Love: A Theology of Marriage and the Family for the New Evangelization

Pope St. John Paul II, Familiaris Consortio

Pope St. Paul VI, Humanae Vitae

Pope St. Paul VI, Evangelii Nuntiandi

Pope St. John XXIII, Mater et Magistra

Augustine of Hippo, Marriage and Desire

Augustine of Hippo, Holy Virginity

Second Vatican Council, Gavissimum Educationis

Second Vatican Council, Lumen Gentium

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