2012 Focus for May: Parenting is for Life

“The family is the best setting for learning and applying forgiveness,

peace and reconciliation”

Africa’s Commitment (Africae Munus) African Synod II

“The family is the first and indispensable teacher of peace.  It is the sanctuary of life and a vital cell of society and of the Church.  It is here that children acquire the basic teachings of life.  They learn to love as they are unconditionally loved; they learn respect for others as they are respected, they learn to know the face of God as they see it in a caring father and mother.  When these fundamental experiences are lacking society suffers violence, and social violence increases.

The family is the best setting for learning and applying forgiveness, peace and reconciliation.  In a healthy family we experience the elements of peace; justice and love between brothers and sisters, parental authority, loving concern for those who are weaker, young, sick and elderly, mutual help in the necessities of life, readiness to accept and forgive others.

The family needs to be protected and defended so that it can build the social fabric of peace and harmony.”  [Adapted from Africae Munus 2nd African Synod]

The following Resource Materials may be obtained from the Family Life Desk at the Bishops Conference:

  • Materials for scripture sharing on topics around themes of parenting and family life
  • MARFAM’s print magazine Family Matters
  • The booklet Day by day with God and Family
  • Information on life issues, etc.

Tel. 012 3236458; Cell 082 552 1275; email: trowland@sacbc.co.za