Monday, 19 January 2015 11:22
(BY: ATTY. BATAS MAURICIO) LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “…Train the child in the way he should go and he will never depart from it even if he grows old…” (Proverbs 22:6, the Holy Bible).
FRANCIS: FILIPINO FAMILIES SHOULD RESPECT THE CONCEIVED CHILD: Filipino families should be “sanctuaries of respect for life” even as they must endeavor to proclaim “the sacredness of every human life from conception to natural death”, Pope Francis told believers last during his “Meeting with Families” at the SM Mall of Asia Arena last Friday, January 16, 2015.
Verily, it was yet another rebuke from the 78-year old leader of some 1.2 billion or so Roman Catholics worldwide against the current policies of the Aquino government which seek to put a cap to the number of children Filipino families can have, as shown by its efforts to pass a law that would technically allow abortion even among young children.
Here are the other parts of the Pope’s speech during that “Meeting with Families” asking that families be treated as a blessing to the world: “The pressures on family life today are many. Here in the Philippines, countless families are still suffering from the effects of natural disasters.
FAMILIES THREATENED BY POVERTY, MATERIALISM, LAVISH LIFESTYLES OF FEW: “The economic situation has caused families to be separated by migration and the search for employment, and financial problems strain many households. While all too many people live in dire poverty, others are caught up in materialism and lifestyles which are destructive of family life and the most basic demands of Christian morality.
“The family is also threatened by growing efforts on the part of some to redefine the very institution of marriage, by relativism, by the culture of the ephemeral, by a lack of openness to life… Our world needs good and strong families to overcome these threats!
“The Philippines needs holy and loving families to protect the beauty and truth of the family in God’s plan and to be a support and example for other families. Every threat to the family is a threat to society itself. The future of humanity, as Saint John Paul II often said, passes through the family.
CHILDREN REARED IN FAITH ARE BLESSINGS TO THE WORLD: “So protect your families! See in them your country’s greatest treasure and nourish them always by prayer and the grace of the sacraments. Families will always have their trials, but may you never add to them! Instead, be living examples of love, forgiveness and care.
“Be sanctuaries of respect for life, proclaiming the sacredness of every human life from conception to natural death. What a gift this would be to society, if every Christian family lived fully its noble vocation!
“So rise with Jesus and Mary, and set out on the path the Lord traces for each of you…When families bring children into the world, train them in faith and sound values, and teach them to contribute to society, they become a blessing in our world…”
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