The Spanish Bishops’ Conference recently lamented that there are families that identify as Christian but put obstacles in the way of the possible religious vocations of their children.
The Bishops’ Subcommittee for the Family and the Defense of Life published its annual message in anticipation of Holy Family Day under the theme “The family, cradle of the vocation to love.”
Holy Family Day will be celebrated this year in Spain on Dec. 30.
In their message, the bishops noted that “we are going through a vocational winter, not only in reference to the priesthood and consecrated life, but even to Christian marriage.” This crisis is attributed to a “loss of a culture of vocation.”
To avoid getting stuck in “sterile complaining that passively contemplates this decline in vocations,” the prelates called on families to raise their children in the culture of vocation.
“No institution can replace the work of the family in bringing up their children, especially in what refers to the formation of conscience,” they explained.Spanish bishops lament there are families who oppose religious vocations of their children – Catholic World Report