Joan had been a catechist for many years. She believed and stressed that parents should ideally be dealing with sexuality education of their children in a natural way from very young as they are growing up. “With the help of nature too, especially pets giving birth and caring for their babies we can find a beautiful, holistic way to talk to children about reproduction,” she said. “I’ll always remember a quote from Pope John Paul II. “Every child brings to the world a new smile.” On quite a different note, this day known traditionally as Shrove Tuesday or Pancake Tuesday is also celebrated as Carnival, that has become a very hedonistic, pleasure-seeking time in some places as one can see on the TV.
Jesus said, “If anyone one would be first, he must be last of all and servant of all.” And he took a child and put him in the midst of them and taking him in his arms he said, “Whoever receives one such child in my name receives me, and whoever receives me, receives not me but him who sent me.” Mark 9:30-37.
Pope Francis: The Second Vatican council spoke of the need for a positive and prudent sex education to be imparted to children and adolescents with due weight being given to the advances in the psychological, pedagogical and didactic sciences. We may ask ourselves if our educational institutions have taken up this challenge. It is not easy to approach the issue in an age when sexuality tends to be trivialized and impoverished. It can only be seen within the broader framework of an education for love and for mutual self-giving. AL 280