Baptism as an Opportunity for Forming Parents into Spiritual Directors

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Carroll, Therese
Master of Arts in Pastoral Theology
Those churches which baptize infants recognize the need to nurture faith as the individuals grow. Toward this end, religion classes and CCD programs have been developed. But some years ago, then Archbishop Joseph Bernardin of Cincinnati was quoted giving this advice: "The best thing to do in order to nurture the faith of the young is to strengthen the faith of their parents." With the restoration of the Catechumenate as the norm for entrance into the Christian community, Vatican II revised the baptismal rite for children to afford the parents an opportunity to renew their own faith commitment and to experience the support of the Christian community in their endeavor to raise a faith-filled child.