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There is a genuine sense of truth, beauty and goodness when a parent witnesses the development of their own child especially their understanding and relationship with God. Inherent in this development is how our children will engage the world through a Catholic lens in effect fostering a genuine sense of Christian community wherever they may be. A central characteristic of our Christian human development is that it possesses a creedal identity meaning our human nature is based on the love of God by nature of our creation and is also reflective of His only-begotten son Jesus Christ. This creedal character reflects a Trinitarian and Christ-centered imprint that we receive at baptism which initiates our Christian relationship with Christ and instills in us the ability to make a Profession of Faith in Christ and His Church.
So that we could enter into Trinitarian life, relationship with God and with others, God created us persons. In an act of faith, we enter eternal beatitude by freely choosing those relationships and by becoming fully conformed to Christ (Hebrews 11:6; CCC 357, 1703, 1730).
Character - Desire - Commodity - Gift - God
Unfortunately, our creedal character is often overlooked due to a proposed disordered societal desire of identifying a human being as a commodity rather than a gift from God. A negative consequence of this ideological position is a child’s identity is often placed on a social guillotine where the distinctive masculine traits of a boy and feminine traits of a girl are blurred and questioned even though the natural biology and character of a male and female are quite clear. What you potentially have here is a gradual disregard for authentic masculinity and femininity. Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI in his book In the Beginning describes the creation of man as coming from God’s good earth (pg. 43). This point is important because Benedict...
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