Archive for the ‘Family’ Category

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Maturity: The Foundation of All Relationships

The role of every family is to lead the young to the state of maturity, a condition that is not determined by chronology. While boys and girls naturally grow and develop physically with age, they do not necessarily mature emotionally, socially, intellectually, or morally. Likewise, young adults may be twenty or thirty years old but yet show juvenile or adolescent behavior. Maturity begins when the young recognize their duties and obligations and learn that...

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The Common Good and Individualistic Wishes

A moral society and a virtuous person make choices on the basis of the common good, the good of the whole, and the best interests of children and the future generations. While every person has personal wishes and special desires, these must be subordinated to the larger considerations of the good of all—the larger good of the family, of society, and of the Church. When a person’s private good and individual interests acquire greater...

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The Culture of the Home in Wendell Berry’s Hannah Coulter

This novel portrays a countercultural way of life that never loses its appeal when contrasted with the world’s alternatives. Nathan Coulter, after witnessing the atrocities of World War II, returns home to Port William, Kentucky, a small farming community where he vows to earn his livelihood, raise a family, and do the work he loves. He compares the tragic destruction and wanton killing of war to the abiding love of family and neighbor in...

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Fleeting Pleasures and Inexhaustible Sources of Joy

A natural question frequently asked about a multitude of pursuits and activities is whether or not they are worth the time, effort, cost, and inconvenience that often attend them. For example, is an overpriced college education at a typically ultra liberal, politically correct college worth the exorbitant cost and the massive debt students incur to earn academic degrees at institutions with low academic standards and grade inflation? Does the cost of attending a professional...

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Biblical Roots of the Domestic Church: Old Testament

This is the first of four weekly installments on the Spirituality of the Domestic Church.

The family is experiencing grave oppression from society and the world. Our society lacks the proper respect due to the family, which the Church has long considered as the “first and vital cell of society” (see Rerum Novarum, art. 12; Casti Connubii, art. 8; Humane Vitae, art. 23; and Familiaris Consortio, art....

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Can Contraception Use Be Considered A Valid Development of Doctrine?

By Fr. Basil Cole, O.P.

Consider the following scenario:

Up until now, the Church has always taught that contraceptive use in the marital act or any direct sex act as in the case of fornication or adultery is always intrinsically evil. However, Bishop Gumbo of the Oopsie diocese in an island of the Pacific Ocean has told his priests that this is no longer the Catholic moral teaching: “The doctrine has evolved.” The reasons are quite evident given the...

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St. John Chrysostom: The family as Micro-Church

In recent Church history there has been considerable reflection on the family as a domestic Church. One of the Patristic contributors to this revival is the great Doctor of the Eastern Church, St. John Chrysostom (347-407). As a bishop he promoted baptized Christian families in his diocese to be what he termed “micro” or “mini” Churches of the home. He developed this from his reading of St. Paul where Paul addresses Priscilla and Aquila...

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Bringing Up Parents

“If there is one thing you could tell your parents, what would that be?” This is the question that a TV hostess put to her teenage guest. The young lady’s face gleamed at the chance of being a parent to her parents, if only momentarily, and telling them exactly what she felt they needed to hear. “I would tell them,” she replied, with an air of supreme confidence, “to be more lenient with...