“Now when they had performed everything according to the Law of the Lord, they returned to Galilee, to their own city of Nazareth” (Luke 2:39).

The things of God cannot be left to children. Even for the Christ child, his parents, Mary and Joseph, took responsibility for the faith development of their family. Tragically, and appallingly, I have heard of parents visiting various churches and trying to find a church home on the basis of their preteen child’s preferences. Can matters of such weight truly be left to the whimsical desires of a child? If Mary and Joseph didn’t think so, maybe we should follow suit.

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