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HOLY FAMILY SEMINARY
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The sound education and catholic training of young people is the most apt, simple and practical means for restoring the family- and, through it, society- and for bringing it back to its own center, which is the Catholic Church.
The first objective in educating young people is to cultivate the heart: it is not enough just to instill dislike for shortcomings, because all youth needs to be properly disposed toward sound virtue and to feel inspirited by a true and firm love for God and his Church.
To cultivate the mind means to form the student's intellect in the proper knowledge and the basic instability of all earthly realities, enlightening it with scientific as well as religious teaching.
All education and training, that is sound and consonant with Christ's teachings, enlightens and perfects young people's understanding, properly molds their minds and hearts, and, through it, are generally preserved from the wanderings toward which they are so prone: thereby furthering increasingly the interests of the family, the Church, and society itself.
There is no tendency toward evil that cannot be overcome nor an inclination so warped that cannot be straightened out by means of wholesome education and training that are accomplished with gentleness and good example.
Each teacher should be concerned first about his own good example prefacing his lessons and explanations, for, as all sound teaching enlightens the understanding, so wholesome examples gently captivate the heart and become masters of the will.
The most perfect harmony should reign amongst teachers, convinced, as they should be, that such kind and caring togetherness and good will are to be another of our beautiful traits.
The good that often appears as if it were hereditary in certain families is nothing more than the fruit of wholesome doctrine the teacher implanted in the student's mind and heart.
Let us often imagine finding ourselves within the Dwelling of our Parents at Nazareth and observing carefully Jesus' Mother to learn from her how to educate young people, patterning ourselves on all she does with her own son.
Our centers are named after the Holy Family so as to understand that Jesus, Mary and Joseph are not only our main Patrons and Protectors, but also the model after which we should pattern ourselves in the practice of virtue and their firm love for work, since this is the main purpose of Jesus' hidden life in the humble