Posts Tagged ‘Children’

The Education Children Provide Adults

A famous lesson a child taught to an entire court was uttered in one sentence from Andersen’s “The Emperor’s New Clothes”: “But, Daddy, he’s got nothing on.” While the king, all the members of the court and even the common people on the street watching the king’s procession dared not speak the truth lest they appear unfashionable or unpopular and lest they appear stupid or incompetent, the child, who is not a respecter of...

Divorce’s Effect on a Child’s Education

“What about the soul? Will the soundness of a soul consist in disorder or rather in a certain order and proportion?”—Socrates, Gorgias

Psychological studies and sociological surveys confirm what common sense naturally knows: children suffer untold emotional harm from divorce, and one consequence affects the education and the life of the mind. The school year does not have to proceed too far before teachers soon recognize the symptoms of divorce that reflect children’s performance...

When Marriage Intentionally Excludes Children

When modern society thinks of attacks that strike at the heart of marriage, the arguments typically center on same-sex “marriage” and divorce. However, there is another subtler phenomenon that is also taking place; the intentional decision to never have children. This occurrence is becoming more prevalent with each passing year as more articles and blogs are written defending the practice. Many people cite reasons of “freedom” without really knowing what that word...

The Father Who is There

Recently, at the park with my wife and son, I witnessed one of the saddest sights I’ve seen in a long time. A little boy, about five or six, was there with his dad. Normally, this would be a wonderful thing, but the tragedy was, they weren’t spending time with each other. The dad was engrossed in his phone — ignoring his child.

No matter what he tried, this little boy could not get his...

Looking at the Bottom Line on Marriage

There are those who attack traditional marriage and say this sacred institution should no longer be defined in terms of the procreation of the human race and the mutual love and support of a man and a woman. Such advocates of “redefining” marriage fail to understand that we do so at great risk.

There are plenty of moral arguments that deal with the need to defend traditional marriage. However, many refuse to recognize the...

Generous Motherhood

On Sunday May 12, many people will celebrate Mother’s Day, which gives us an opportune time to think about the gift of motherhood.

Blessed John Paul II in his apostolic letter Mulieris Dignitatem reflects upon the various gifts of women throughout salvation history and in the present hour of history. Reflecting on the value of motherhood, John Paul writes:

This mutual gift of the person in marriage opens to the gift of a new life,...

Candles of Light and Life: Father Ho Lung and the Missionaries of the Poor

Can the culture of life take root and flourish in the very midst of the culture of death? This crucial question is answered in the affirmative by the Missionaries of the Poor, one of the fastest growing religious orders in the Church today.  

Father Richard Ho Lung founded the Brothers of the Poor, as they were then called, in 1981, with a handful of disciples, half of whom would leave soon afterwards to pursue...

Birth Control and the Love of Life

Plato saw fertility as the expression sought by beauty, Proclus saw fertility as the metaphysical property of goodness, Aristotle saw it as the way in which all things strive to partake of the divine fullness of life. Ancient religions were characterized by cults, goddesses, rites, and offerings focused on fertility.

The central theme of wedding ceremonies was always fertility, begetting and bearing new life.  Traditional initiation rites always centered around the new and mysterious...