also reminds us, families also represent a demanding vocation that requires mutual support, encouragement, and self-giving in order to thrive. It is a place where the virtues are learned and practiced and the Golden Rule rst applied. It is where we learn to accept people as they are and deny ourselves for the good of others. The well being of society is closely tied to the healthy state of family life. If our homes are lled with conict we can be assured that we have a long way to go in our growth as people of faith.
Is your home and family life marked bypeace or turbulence? If the latter, have youever considered that the discord may bethe result of your own self-centeredness?How much of an effort have you made todevelop an interior life, a life of prayer andself-giving? Is this a course that you wouldconsider possible with God’s help?
READ: Ephesians 6:4; Col. 3:21“Parents, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord… Fathers,do not provoke your children, lest they become discouraged.”Parents should not purposefully do thingsthat make their children scornful, angry,resentful, or discouraged. There is adifference between appropriate disciplineand angering your children unnecessarily.While it is a mother’s role to be nurturingand supportive, it is more often due to afather’s neglect that children carry heavyemotional baggage into adulthood. Manyfathers are either too busy or too selsh toproperly rear their children. Others can betoo overbearing or abusive, both physicallyand emotionally. These things can and willeventually provoke a child to wrath. Theproblem traces to the fact that too fewfathers are spiritual men, a situation thathas created a crisis in our culture.
READ: Psalm 127:3-5 “Behold, children are a gift from the Lord,the fruit of the womb is a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children of one’s youth. Blessed is the man who lls his quiver with them! He shall not be put to shame when he contends with his enemies at the gate.”
The Judeo-Christian tradition celebratesthe love between husbands and wives.This special, sacramental love is caughtup in divine love and is essential not onlyfor the happiness of the spouses, but alsofor the health and stability of children—and, indeed, the culture. As a result ofthe weakening of the Faith over the pastdecades, many couples have enteredmarriage without a deep understandingof the beauty and true meaning of thiswonderful vocation. Consequently,destructive patterns have been allowed totake root in their households. Fear not,however, for with the Lord these challengescan be overcome. It is never too late tobegin the process.
LESSON TO LEARN:
We all experience times when we fail tolove our family members properly. Thekey is to communicate love in your homewith action and by example. By all meanslearn to pray as a family! Make every effortto treat your spouse with love and care toset an example for everyone else in thehome. Attend church together and insiston a common family meal time. Fill yourchildren’s emotional tanks and correctthem with gentleness. Pray for the patienceto do all this, and for the Holy Spirit to beyour guide.
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