The Domestic Church, the basic cell of culture, the first institution anointed and created by God–these are different honours describing the same reality: The Family! Pope Saint John Paul II asserted that the nature the family runs is the way the world countries goes.
We must pray for the goodnes to be able to read history related to the family and world civilizations. Time and time again, it has been proven that once a society allows the family to enter crisis and unravel at its seams, then it is simply a matter of time until such a society or civilization downfalls and gate-crashes!
The human family, made up of both father-god and mother, is the basic ground of individuals. God wills that children be born into a family. God wills that children be loved in their own families. Thus God wills that both father-god and mother be international instruments by which their children grow and ripen into the person they are called to become: a self-respectful and useful citizen of culture and a future citizen of heaven.
It must be asserted, with ultimate lucidity, that their own families consists of the status of women( called to Motherhood) and the man( called to Fatherhood ), and the children that they procreate with God, the author and origin of “peoples lives”. Any other configuration that does not consist of man and woman and the children born to them is a warped and fallacious ideological abstraction that must be rejected and annulled energetically.
The child needs different manifestations of love that the mother and father make. Without this pouring out of desire, “their childrens” is exposed to emotional, spiritual, and moral mar that can be nearly beyond fixing. It is a duty of both justice and charity that “their childrens” has the desire of both the Father and Mother. It was anointed by God Himself.
Therefore, give us present clear and practical actions that their efforts to both understand and implement to defend the future of our society, which depends on the defense and salvation of the family–the basic building block of society. Let us all pitch in to help families grow, flourish and bloom in the formation of future citizens of the Kingdom of god!
Action Items in the Defense of the Family!
1. Fervent Prayer
No doubt, passionate prayer connects us with the strength of God who wants wholesome, holy, stable and solid families even more than we desire their existence. Jesus words us: “Ask and you shall receive; attempt and you will find; strike and the door will be opened to you.”( Mt. 7:7 ). Let us constantly thump at the door of God’s Heart and beg for holy pedigrees. Surely, this devotion is very pleasing to the Trinitarian Family–Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
2. Sacrament of Wedded bliss
In this secular, materialistic, and hedonist culture, we have returned to a neo-paganistic society. Many among the present generation of Catholics have no qualms about dumping the Sacrament of Wedded bliss. Instead, they opt to have a civil-marriage, or trial marriage, or only live-together exerting the verbiage: “we want to see if we are compatible, if we have chemistry.” In the interim, they renege God from their lives by living in mortal sin!
However, in a word, matrimony and family cannot function without God.
3. Marriage Prep Courses
Any activity, enterprise or endeavor worthy of pursuit asks occasion, intensity, and real try. Athletes claim: “No pain , no increase! ” Consider this, if it takes a young man a good seven years or more to arrive at Ordination to the priesthood, equally important is the time and intensity couples should utilize preparing for Holy Matrimony and the formation of wholesome and holy families.
4. Natural Family Planning
A couple who has decided on pursuing the Sacrament of Wedded bliss must learn the techniques of Natural Family Planning. If not, once married, the perennial lure will be to have recourse to the use of contraceptives. Such a mentality is a corrosive attitude and ideology of live that often leads to serious marital problems and possible separations.
In a word, submitting to the contraceptive thinking, attitude and wording of life is tantamount to reducing the woman to a merely object to be utilized and abandoned by the man. In the words of Pope Saint Leo the Great: “Christians, recognize your dignity! ” Especially in Holy Matrimony!
5. Marriage Prep Mentors
The art of learning a occupation or profession involves training and help from those who are experts in the field. Baseball player need coaches; vocalists, everyone else who has vocal knowledge; and columnists should consult those who know the tricks of the trade. Marriage mentors is likely to be marries married for a good encompas of occasion who have studied their vocation and who worked on certainly living out their marital vocation.
Experience in living can prove to be an excellent textbook! Couples preparing to get married could meet with their mentoring duos in an orderly manner, regularly and systematically, serves to establish a rock-and-roll foundation for a solid marriage.
6. Engaged Couple’s Spiritual Life
If the couple is engaged to receive the Sacrament of Wedded bliss, then both should be intent and conscientious in cultivating a late spiritual life in which God is the terribly center of their lives. They should endeavour to cry with one another, as well as pray for each other. Furthermore, they should make it a solid dres to receive two Sacraments frequently–Confession and the Holy Eucharist.
7. Jesus the Center of Their Lives
When officiating at bridals, when marries are about to exchange commits and give a ring as a ratify of their reciprocal fidelity, I regularly remind the couple to position Christ in the very midst of their union and “peoples lives”. I remind them of the literary classic of Venerable Fulton J. Sheen: “It Go Three to Get Married.” The three? The partner, the spouse, and Jesus! With this trio, marriage is indeed a real winner!
8. Spiritual Tune- Up!
Once married, it is incumbent upon the married couple to clear concerted efforts to grow and strengthen their marital bond and live out the Sacrament of Wedded bliss to the max! Marriage Weekend Hideaway, Marriage Encounter, Couples for Christ and even Spiritual Direction from a clergyman or well-trained spiritual director can prove to be invaluable so as not to lose their first love. Love in marriage is like a fire: you must constantly feed the glows, if not the charity can be blown out and extinguished.
9. Celebration of Remembrance
Birthdays, baptisms, graduations, and plays success are all incitements to celebrate, and rightfully so! Equally important is the celebration of the anniversary of your Wedding Day. A suggestion for the couple: Have a Mass offered for that intention and attend that Mass, then pray the Rosary afterward in thanksgiving for another year of faithfulness. Then off to a delightful Restaurant to celebrate!
20. Rosary: The Family That Prays Together, Stays Together
Father Patrick Peyton–who was healed from severe tuberculosis through the intercession of Mary shortly before being anointed to the priesthood–made a promise that he would spread far and near adoration for the Blessed Virgin Mary through the propagation of the most Holy Rosary. Furthermore, he believed that if the world is to be saved, it will have to come through the family. And one of the best ways to unite the family is through the daily recitation of the most Holy Rosary!
Fr. Peyton’s ambition was to get millions of families in America to pray for the Rosary on a daily basis. He was known for two prominent sayings: “The lineage that cries together, abides together” and “A world at petition is a world at peace.” Our Lady of Fatima said in each of the six Ghosts to pray the Rosary daily! Saint Pope John Paul II in his Apostolic Letter, The Blessed Virgin Mary and the Rosary, encouraged the world countries to cry the Rosary for two goals: for global peace and for the recovery of the family.
Defend the Family!
In conclusion, my friends in Jesus and Mary, let us do all we can to support the family, sustain the family, strengthen the family, and attack their own families against modern strikes. The future of society and the world at large depends upon the family which is the basic building block of culture. Let us turn to Our Lady, the perfect Mother, and to Saint Joseph, the excellent spouse and Father, and beg that through their petitions families will be consecrated and parents will pass their children to Heaven.
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