July 7, 2019

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Children are a blessing.

In the customary nuptial blessing a new husband and wife hear:

"May they be blessed with children, and prove themselves virtuous parents, who live to see their children's children."

Children are also a challenge.

Sacred Scripture observes:

1 Do not desire a multitude of useless children, nor rejoice in ungodly sons.

2 If they multiply, do not rejoice in them, unless the fear of the Lord is in them.

3 Do not trust in their survival, and do not rely on their multitude; for one is better than a thousand, and to die childless is better than to have ungodly children.

Sirach 16,1-3

3 It is a disgrace to be the father of an undisciplined son, and the birth of a daughter is a loss.

4 A sensible daughter obtains her husband, but one who acts shamefully brings grief to her father.

5 An impudent daughter disgraces father and husband, and will be despised by both.

6 Like music in mourning is a tale told at the wrong time, but chastising and discipline are wisdom at all times.

Sirach 22,3-6

What a blessing are virtuous sons and daughters! How fortunate to be born of wise and diligent parents!

Imagine what the situation would be like if the Lord did not help families by writing on our hearts the Fourth Commandment.

"Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long in the land which the Lord your God gives you."

Exodus 20:12

Honoring father and mother is incumbent upon us not just because they own the house and pay the bills. Mom and Dad have an enormous responsibility before God with respect to our souls, one that would be near impossible to fulfill unless we, their children, cooperate. Love them. Honor them. Obey them. And blessings will be given to all.

May you see your children's children! Peace be upon Israel!

Psalm 128,6

Fr. Christopher J. Pollard

"Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever." Hebrews 13,8