Parenting: Extension of Divine Caring
The orientation of marriage to the good of children is a truth taught by the Holy Scripture. “It confers on the spouse the honor of becoming co-operation with God and embraces a twofold aspect: the procreation and caring of children.” The mission of parents is not ended with the generation of life but is prolonged in the care given to the child. The transmission of human life in a way adequate to its dignity demands the prolonged love and protection of the family.
Parenting is an important part of the on-going creation of the world. “Two cultural emphases positively assist a deeper realization of Christian Parenting today. First, there is a greater valuing of interpersonal life, and second, increased attention directed towards the developmental stages of life.”The parent-child relationship is clearly both interpersonal and developmental.
Family: Miniature of the Society
The family is the original cell of social life. It is the natural society in which husband and wife are called to give themselves in love and in the gift of life. Authority, stability, and a life of relationships within the family constitute the foundations for freedom, security, and fraternity within society. The family is the community in which, from childhood, one can learn moral values, begin to honor God, and make good use of freedom. Family life is an initiation into life in society.
The relationship within the family brings an affinity of feelings, affections and interests, arising above all from the members’ respect for one another. The family is a privileged community called to achieve a sharing of thoughts and common deliberation by the spouses as well as their eager cooperation as parents in the children’s upbringing. People from this kind of families will make the society better.