“Adopt Holistic Approach to Bring Up Children” – Fr. Clifford Fernandes

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Mangalore, 24 September 2010: “Adopt holistic approach to bring up your children…” urged Fr. Clifford Fernandes , professor of St. Joseph Seminary, Jeppu , Mangalore while addressing the Catholic parents of St. Mary’s English Medium Higher Primary School, Falnir near Mangalore on Monday 20th September 2010.


Speaking further, Fr. Clifford said that children should have physical fitness activities such as playing outdoor games, exercise and even playing in the mud. They should be encouraged to develop intellectual fitness like general knowledge, spiritual fitness like prayer and interpersonal fitness like dialogue with neighbours. He pointed out that these are the four important pillars of the Holistic Approach. He also emphasized that along with these four fitnesses, children should be taught values like honesty, respecting elders, being responsible, compassionate, patient, forgiving and generous. He also said that while parents give birth to children, teachers give education and it is God who gives life and wisdom to the children. Fr. Clifford also gave a number of examples from the literary works of great Konkani novelist late A. T. Lobo and Kalil Gibran to elaborate his speech further.



Sr. Sylvian, Head Mistress of the School welcomed the gathering and introduced Fr. Clifford Fernandes to the parents and Younis Britto, President of Apostolic Carmelite Association proposed the vote of thanks. The meeting ended with a brief adoration to the Holy Sacrament.




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Benedict Noronha, Udupi India Fri, September-24-2010, 2:36
This is a very appropriate and timely message to the parents of school going children. In all Catholic schools catholic Parents must be provided with such messages. But Parents give preference to T.v. serials and tuitions than to such spiritual values. It is to be accepted with all humility that it is God who is the giver of all-wisdom, knowledge, ranks, seats and good career. Therefore the parents sarents have to accept, as Fr. Fernndes said,spiritual values must take first place in every ones life. It is very hard to digest.But it is indeed very true.
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