Catholics are called to form their consciences to the teachings of the Church.
At first glance, we may disagree, but the spirit of humility tells us to “Wait, listen, read, pray, question…then understand.”
Dad comes out and announces, “No driving the car this weekend.” Before you can tell him you had plans,.he leaves for a few hours.
As you call your friends to cancel your plans, you ask your Mom why Dad did this. She has no clue, she’s just glad you’ll be staying in. She misses you when you’re our with your friends. (Call your Mom!)
Instead of getting prepared for an argument, you wait until Dad comes home to ask.
“Because the sky hook fan belt bleeder nozzle is broken,” he says. “It’s not safe to drive.” You’re grateful he’s looking out for you, but…is a sky hook fan belt bleeder nozzle really important?
Now you could accept it at face value. But you want to know, “What is a sky hook fan belt bleeder nozzle, and why would that affect the car?”
And after dinner, you and your Dad go put to the car and you learn more about the nozzle, as well as the whole engine, and now you’re ready to call your friends and explain why a sky hook fan belt bleeder nozzle is so important. The focus has changed from “I can’t use the car,” to “My dad was protecting me, and guess what I learned?”