We all know that parents have an obligation to rear and educate their children. In today's society, it is very important to ask this question, "What does it mean to educate a child?" From a worldly standpoint, it is undeniable that the actual criterion for education is how successful the children will be when they become adults. Will they hold a position of importance and how much money will they acquire?
Catholic parents must concern themselves with a different criterion: will our children obtain eternal salvation and behold the face of God? Will they reach the degree of union with God that He created them for or will they be condemned to hell for eternity? Parents must ask themselves the question: "What does God expect from us?" or "What are the duties of parents?"
"The fecundity of conjugal love cannot be reduced solely to the procreation of children but must extend to their moral education and spiritual formation"(Catechism of the Catholic Church 2221).
St. Augustine of Hippo in 419 AD in De nuptiis et concupiscentia ad Valerium comitem, also speaks of "moral education and spiritual formation" but when he speaks of results he uses the terms, "reborn to life" and "children of God." Augustine asserts: "In marriage, however, let the blessings of marriage be loved: offspring, fidelity, and the sacramental bond. Offspring, not so much because it may be born, but because it can be reborn; for it is born to punishment unless it can be reborn to life."
John Paul II comments further on this in his Letter to Families (LTF) when he says: "To give birth according to the flesh means to set in motion a further 'birth,' one which is gradual and complex and which continues in the whole process of education."
Parents, therefore, are responsible for the moral and spiritual education of our children so that they can be as St. Augustine says "reborn to life" and become "children of God."
Moral education, spiritual and human formation of our children should be a fundamental concern of married couples; the grace of state given through the Sacrament of Matrimony along with other sacraments, are primary graces given to us and are also channels of grace to our children. This responsibility begins before the birth of their child and continue to the rest of their lives; parents can only teach what they know therefore they must constantly need to search for opportunities to learn and form themselves and constantly mature in their faith so they can be effective in the mission that God has given them to convey their faith so their children might obtain eternal salvation.
Here we would like to offer options to parents to obtain the human. moral and spiritual life according to the mind of the Church.