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  1. 1. Becoming Procreators “Our lives, everything we are and have, are due ultimately to our birth, upbringing and support of our families. It is from our families that we first learn respect for human life”. (CFC, 998) Commandment number 4
  2. 2. The Seedbed of Life The family – where we first learn and imbibe the values and virtues to ourselves- Where we first learn about life, its value and significance, sanctity and mystery- Has the primary responsibility to develop Christian values and virtues in us as children and raise us with love and fear of God- Special role of educating us the value of
  3. 3. Nature of the Family A foundationA covenant A domestic for civilrelationship church society
  4. 4. A covenant relationship Simply means to bring the truth: there is more to the daily acts, talk, and events in family life than first meets the eye It is the covenant of love because it creates and sustains the basic community we need to become and survive as a person CFC, 1013
  5. 5.  Itis the love in, for and by our families that enables us to stay together more especially during crises Through our families we experience God‟s love and faithfulness to us
  6. 6. Domestic Church„For the family not only where „new citizens of human society are born, (but) by the grace of the Holy Spirit received in Baptism, these are made children of God, thus perpetuating the People of God through the centuries. Thus, the family is, so to speak, the domestic Church‟. (LG 11)
  7. 7.  The Church in the home The basic unit of Christian life The first school of discipleship Where we learn to love others, share what we have, care for the needy, understand human weaknesses and frailties, forgive those who wronged us, thank for the blessings we received and respect other‟s life and dignity
  8. 8.  It is primarily the duty of the parents to educate their children. “Education means training, that is, instruction by word and example, by suggestion and direction, by encouragement and repression, by reward and punishment”.
  9. 9. Education A progressive and well-ordered development of man‟ three-fold powers ◦ Physical ◦ Intellectual ◦ Moral The proper formation of the whole man – body, mind and will
  10. 10. Foundation for CivilSociety First and vital cell of society Through its service to life by birth and the education of its youth in social virtues, the family grounds and continually nourishes the existence and development of society itself The smallest unit of society The family makes the society and the society reflects the family
  11. 11. „Therefore, the restoration of human society as a whole constantly begins with the renewal of the family. Its protection, formation andfurtherance must be the foremost concern of the state and the Church‟. (GS, 2)
  12. 12. Social Role of theFamily Procreation Education Social service activities ◦ especially in favor of the poor, or at any rate for the benefit of all people and situations that cannot be reached by the public authorities‟ welfare organization (Familiaris Consortio, 44)
  13. 13. As Member of the Family What are our obligations towards our parents? To respect and love them
  14. 14. According to St. ThomasAquinas The children‟s obligation of love and reverence is based on the fact that the parents are, after God, the second source of life, growth and education
  15. 15. Honor your father and yourmother. Stresses our duty to respect and honor our parents Respect for parents is based on the fact that they share and cooperate with God‟s creative power – the power that keeps us alive and in existence Based on the role and responsibility they play for us as their children
  16. 16. Are we bound to obey ourparents if we conscientiouslyknow that what they want us todo is evil? We should follow our parents given that their commands are good and just But if their commands are not in accordance to the values taught by Christ, interpreted by the Church, we are not obliged to follow them
  17. 17. How can you show your gratitudeto them? Study very well Uphold their reputation Love the members of your family Be patient and understanding to them Take care of your parents especially in their old age