Catechism of the Catholic Church
“In our own time, in a world often alien and even hostile to faith, believing families are of primary importance as centres of living, radiant faith. For this reason the Second Vatican Council, using an ancient expression, calls the family the Ecclesia Domestica: the Domestic Church. It is in the bosom of the family that parents are by word and example… the first heralds of the faith with regard to their children.” (CCC1656)
The Parable of the Prodigal Son
Jesus told many stories to help his friends understand difficult things. His parables (stories with special meanings) still have meaning for people today.
The Parable of the Prodigal Son is really more about the father than the younger son. Through this story, Jesus is telling us what God our Father is like. It seems that in this particular parable, Jesus is telling people that God loves us recklessly, extravagantly even wastefully. Prodigal – means reckless, extravagant. The son is prodigal in pouring away his money; the father is prodigal in pouring out his love - this is unconditional love.