Teach Your Children Well!

Hosea 4:6

My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge;
because you have rejected knowledge,
I reject you from being a priest to me.
And since you have forgotten the law of your God,
I also will forget your children.

Hosea’s words to the bad priests of Israel should give us pause, particularly if we are parents. Much as our individualistic culture wants to deny it, our choices and our response to truth are not just going to affect us: they will — inexorably, surely, and without fail — affect our children. If one generation rejects “knowledge” (that is, the truth of God’s word) it is a generation of bad priests, for the task of the older generation is to mediate the revelation of God to the rising generation. What we do not pass on to our young they will not receive. And what we pass on, they will. It is a shockingly heavy responsibility God has given us, but not impossible, for it has been done for 2,000 years. Today, receive the knowledge of God through His Holy Church and His Holy Word and pass it on. Generations yet unborn will thank you for it.

Mark Shea


Mark P. Shea is a popular Catholic writer and speaker. The author of numerous books, his most recent work is The Work of Mercy (Servant) and The Heart of Catholic Prayer (Our Sunday Visitor). Mark contributes numerous articles to many magazines, including his popular column “Connecting the Dots” for the National Catholic Register. Mark is known nationally for his one minute “Words of Encouragement” on Catholic radio. He also maintains the Catholic and Enjoying It blog and regularly blogs for National Catholic Register. He lives in Washington state with his wife, Janet, and their four sons.

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  • Guest

    Oh how true! And how heavy the burden for those of us who have failed in our duties. Please pray for me, for wisdom, for peace, for forgiveness…