AA 30: Families, The School for the Lay Apostolate

Bear with me; AA 30 is a bit lengthy; we’ll cover it in bite-sized pieces today. It treats lay formation across the ages. Across a person’s ages, that is.

The training for the apostolate should start with the children’s earliest education. In a special way, however, adolescents and young persons should be initiated into the apostolate and imbued with its spirit.

Then, in equivalent words, it lays down the challenge of ongoing adult faith formation:

This formation must be perfected throughout their whole life in keeping with the demands of new responsibilities.

Parents are on point for the “task of training their children from childhood on to recognize God’s love for all …” How so?

By example especially they should teach them little by little to be solicitous for the material and spiritual needs of their neighbor. The whole family in its common life, then, should be a sort of apprenticeship for the apostolate.

Moms, Dads, listening?

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Todd and his family live in Ames, Iowa. He serves a Catholic parish of both Iowa State students and town residents.
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