34 important facts to know about the family


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The family is very important. If all families of the world were excellent families, we would have an excellent world. The best way to change the world from what it is to an excellent place for all is to invest resources, time, and knowledge to make our families excellent families. In our crusade for an excellent world, we want to focus on the family. Following are 34 important facts to note about the family:

  1. Every human being is a member of a family. 
  2. By virtue of our faith we are members of the family of God which is the Church. 
  3. Christ blessed the family into a holy institution by belonging to one.
  4. The Holy Family of Nazareth is a model for all families.   
  5. The characteristics of the Holy Family of Nazareth include their faith; their dependence on God and their readiness to fulfill the responsibilities of their faith. 
  6. Some of the values that shine out in the Holy Family are honour, respect and obedience to parents.
  7. There are qualities of a good Christian family which we need to emulate.
  8. What made the Holy Family exemplary was their patience; their persevering trust in God; their love for one another and their togetherness.  They were always together.
  9. They were together at Bethlehem, during the birth of Jesus and other good moments. In the midst of their problems they did not drift apart from each other.
  10. When husbands and wives stay together, and do things together, they thrive more and their love and trust deepen.
  11. We can make it as a couple if we stay together instead of each person laying blame on the other when things are tough.
  12. When a couple stands before the altar to be married, they make a commitment to love; to be faithful;to accept children lovingly from God and bring them up in the law of Christ and the Church.
  13. The family is the first school of life and spirituality where values and lessons of faith are taught.
  14. In the Holy Family of Nazareth, Jesus, Mary and Joseph lived and practised their faith.  Their family was a community of love and life. 
  15. We Christians must make our families a place of life and love; and a true domestic Church.  This will enable the family to stand united in faith and love in moments of difficulties and trials.
  16. Each member of the family has rights and obligations.
  17. Children must obey their parents.  A child who honours his father obtains forgiveness of his sins. The one who respects his mother reaps great treasure.
  18. Couples have to be dedicated to each other. The wife must love and respect her husband. The husbands must love and respect his wife.
  19. Parents must be good to their children.
  20. Family life can be very enjoyable.  Some people actually enjoy their family life. In their family they find happiness, care, comfort, communal support and mutual love.
  21. It is our duty to try to make our family life enjoyable.
  22. Some families do not enjoy family life. Members quarrel and fight; are intolerant, and inconsiderate.  There is rivalry, hatred, lack of respect and trust.  Such families must not despair because Jesus, Mother Mary and Joseph are there to intercede for broken families.
  23. No family, actually, is void of problems; every family has its problems. Even the Holy Family is not left out. They met many challenges but because they were close to God and trusted in him, God stood close to them.
  24. All families today have the same access to the same God who is ready to bless them with peace, understanding, love, patience and forgiveness. 
  25. Prayer is very important for the family. Each family must pray together as a family.
  26. The family that prays together stays together.
  27. Because many families do not pray together, we are losing values such as respect, appreciation, obedience, care and mutual love.
  28.  There is a need for a family altar in every family for prayer and worship.
  29.  There is also a need for family fellowship at table.
  30.  In the words of Pope Pius XII, “The life of a family united in love is so beautiful. You can see each member eager and prompt in fulfilling his duties, in pleasing everyone, in practicing justice, honesty, kindness, patience in bearing adversities and in forgiving wrongs.” The members will show “strength in the hour of trial and under the weight of toil.  You can see the parents educating their children with love and in the practice of virtues.” In such a family, Pope Pius XII says, “God is honoured and faithfully served; everyone is treated with goodness.”  What, indeed, can be “more noble and more edifying?”   
  31. We all need to recognize the goodness of family life.
  32.  Parents have the responsibility to give their children proper education and bring them up properly.
  33. It is their duty to pass on to their children, and bear witness to, the meaning of life in Christ.
  34. They should be the first to proclaim God’s word to their children through their example, their fidelity and the unity of their family life.




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