Catechism of the Catholic Church

536 Part Three O son, help your father in his old age, and do not grieve him as long as he lives; even if he is lacking in understanding, show forbearance; in all your strength do not despise him. . . . Who­ ever forsakes his father is like a blasphemer, and whoever angers his mother is cursed by the Lord. 25 2219 Filial respect promotes harmony in all of family life; it also concerns relationships between brothers and sisters. Respect toward parents fills the home with light and warmth. “Grandchildren are the crown of the aged.” 26 “With all humility and meekness, with patience, [support] one another in charity.” 27 2220 For Christians a special gratitude is due to those from whom they have received the gift of faith, the grace of Baptism, and life in the Church. These may include parents, grandparents, other members of the family, pastors, catechists, and other teachers or friends. “I am reminded of your sincere faith, a faith that dwelt first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice and now, I am sure, dwells in you.” 28 The duties of parents 2221 The fecundity of conjugal love cannot be reduced solely to the procreation of children, but must extend to their moral educa­ tion and their spiritual formation. “The role of parents in education is of such importance that it is almost impossible to provide an adequate substitute.” 29 The right and the duty of parents to edu­ cate their children are primordial and inalienable. 30 2222 Parents must regard their children as children of God and respect them as human persons. Showing themselves obedient to the will of the Father in heaven, they educate their children to fulfill God’s law. 25 Sir 3:12-13, 16. 26 Prov 17:6. 27 Eph 4:2. 28 2 Tim 1:5. 29 GE 3. 30 Cf. FC 36. 1653 494