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Family as the First School of Priestly Vocation
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Among many functions that the family is performing socialization is one of the most important. The need for this function arises from the fact that, in contrast to certain biological characteristics, a child being born does not bring with him any cultural patterns. A child wins them in the process of socialization through the impact of socializing agencies. The family is one of them; it is the first and most important. In the process of socialization children acquire skills that they will need in their lives, learn and internalize moral norms prevailing in the groups, in which they are actively involved and adopt a system of values applicable to them. You could say that the whole of human cultural sphere is a “gift” of the society forwarded to them by specific socializing agencies. Certain social roles comprise a specific nature of duty and service. In such cases the implementation of the common good - the good of others is fundamental to them. A classic example is the establishment of priestly and religious vocation. Professional work of a priest and monk is par excellence a strict deontology, having in mind above all benefits of others. Preparation of the individuals for such roles must inherently be twofold: on the one skill acquisition as in all other professions, but also moral qualifications that will enable a person to perform such roles. The role of the family in this regard is unique and irreplaceable. One can even say that it is the primary seminary waking up and shaping the vocation to priesthood and religious life.
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