Fear of the Lord and fear of the father. Many parents trying to learn positive discipline methods often get hung up on the issue of fear. "Shouldn't a child fear his father the way the Christian ought to fear God?" The answer is a resounding, "YES!" However, without the proper understanding of the "Gift of Fear"--fear of the Lord--parents can easily create for themselves a stifling, debilitating atmosphere of fear in their children. The following sermon, by Msgr. Pope of the Archdiocese of Washington, D.C. explains just what fear of the Lord ought to be--God is an Attachment Parent!
(For those who are don't already know, Msgr. Pope is the priest on the cover of the U.S. News issue featuring the segment, A Return To Tradition.)