More articles on the dignity of life, marriage, and family
This has reference to an inspiring column titled “Love and marriage” published on page 4 of the Jan. 22 issue of the Baguio Midland Courier.
The parents, with their shining example of lasting love for each other, their sacrifices in building a stable family and generosity in having many children, are the best teachers of wholesome family living. The family is the seedbed of the society in bringing up upright, responsible, and law-abiding citizens.
Marriage is indissoluble; it is for life, in order to properly bring up children in a stable and loving environment. Family problems and contradictions are solved together in a spirit of service and helpfulness with each member of the family. Here, the virtues of industriousness, fortitude, loyalty, perseverance, forgiveness, teamwork, cooperation and sharing, among others, are taught and lived in good and hard times.
Marriage is open to life. In large families, the children are formed well, starting with the eldest, who help parents teach also the younger ones by example. Giving house chores to children, in a way, helps instill trust and confidence in them. They will strive to perform well in their studies, work and in their future families as well, thus, fostering a virtuous cycle for future generations to come.
Saint Josemaría Escriva, the saint of ordinary life, underscored the importance of having bright and cheerful homes. He said: “The secret of married happiness lies in everyday things, not in daydreams. It lies in finding the hidden joy of coming home in the evening, in affectionate relations with their children, in the everyday work in which the whole family cooperates; in good humor in the face of difficulties that should be met with a sporting spirit; in making the best use of all the advantages that civilization offers to help us rear children, to make the house pleasant and life simpler.”
Please feature many more encouraging articles on the dignity of life, marriage, and family in line with nation-building. — CHING A. DAUZ-AUNARIO, [email protected]