BEING A PARENT
At this time of Lenten reflection we are taught how great God’s love is for us that he gave us his only son, so we could understand salvation and be forgiven for our blindness.
In this reflection, I ask myself what could be best for us and our families. Is it educating them well so they can have a solid and dignified formation within present society, where they won’t fall into drug abuse or evil ways? Other people might think that they can leave children on their own, since the school will take care of educating them, and we can use the time to do our own “things” such as partying and having fun. After all, life is short.
I am extremely grateful to my mother, who became a widow when she was very young. She was only 40 years old and devoted her life to educating six children, and sacrificed her whole life to this. As any human beings, my mother probably felt like going out with friends and having fun, but she gave it up in order to set a good example and give us a good education.
Perhaps we opt for the easy way, but we need to realize that our children are the future of this world and they will speak about how well or poorly we educated them. Their own lives will give testimony to the quality of parents we were and our concerned over their education.
Young people must remember that tomorrow you will be the parents and only God knows whether your children will reproach you for the teaching they received.
So, no matter how you resent their reprimands, you must recognize that your parents did not study to become a father or mother. Believe me, they are doing the best the can. Listen to them, try to obey and respect them. Do not criticize what you think is not right. Perhaps they see it otherwise and think it is the best think for you at this time.
God gave them this responsibility and I am sure each one is doing his or her best.
May God bless you and fill you with the Holy Spirit!