Do we let others, particularly the media, do this crucial task? Young minds cannot properly discern the true and the good in barrage of contradictory messages that assaults them. Do we let others, with a monetary conflict of interest, lay claim to their hearts and their souls?
Do we monitor their activities, and supply those that will lead them to grow in their love for Jesus?
What example do we set for them? Is Jesus the central person in our lives to whom all our actions and thoughts are directed? Our children keenly observe our lives, listening more to the unspoken words of our actions. They will mimic our behavior, even to our rote observance of the 'Sunday' event. Do we preach, with our lives, the ways of the world, or do we preach Jesus Christ Crucified out of love for us and the world?
"Parents have a grave responsibility to give good example to the children." (CCC #2223)
Perhaps a true story will illustrate the consequences of our actions toward our children:
A woman went to confession to St. Padre Pio, who had the gift of reading hearts. As soon as she had knelt down, he chased her out of the confessional. Gathering her nerve the following day, she returned, and asked why he had done so. He told her that as soon as she had knelt down, he had a vision of her three children in hell. He told her that they were there as a result of her lax attitude toward their spiritual upbringing and her permissiveness toward their immoral activities. He told her to confess and repent.