The family saves the country
The family saves the country

The hope of the Church in the first social cell

Author: Felipe Arizmendi Esquivel | Source:

The family saves the country

The hope of the Church in the first social cell
By: Felipe Arizmendi Esquivel | Source:

We are meeting the bishops in a plenary assembly. Before the national problem, we ask ourselves what we should do, from our identity and competence. We cannot evade, or uncritically join those who oversize hard data, blame others without assuming their responsibility, advertise that everything is wrong, that nothing has been done to solve the problems. These are uncountable, but it is unfair not to recognize the progress made. I have been in Chiapas for 21 years and I am witnessing that there is no longer the same poverty as a few years ago.

The majority of our people live in peace and want peace; it is a noble, hard-working, generous, and supportive people. Why? Because there are still well-built families, who educate in transcendent values, live their faith, love good and reject evil. With good families, there is hope for the country. Without family, there is no foundation or future. Therefore, the central theme of our assembly is the family, with its challenges, cultural changes, temptations, and dangers.

The presidential candidates of the different parties visit us, to show us their vision of the country and its proposals, to listen to us and to talk, not to make alliances. Our questions are not only about economics and politics but also about their attitude towards life, family, faith, religious freedom. The most important thing is not their speech, but their testimony.

Pope Benedict XVI, in his last visit, said: So many families are divided or forced to migration, many suffer because of the poverty, the corruption, the domestic violence, the drug trafficking, the crisis of values or the criminality. And to the children: "Your family, the Church, the school and those who have the responsibility in society must work together so that you can receive as a legacy a better world, without envy or division.

To some North American bishops, he expressed: The future of humanity is forged in the family. The good that the Church and the whole society expect from marriage and the family founded on it is too great not to be fully occupied with this specific pastoral field. Marriage and family are institutions that should be promoted and protected from any possible misunderstanding about their true truth because the damage done to them causes a wound to human coexistence as such. There are powerful political and cultural currents that try to alter the legal definition of marriage. It is increasingly evident that a lesser appreciation of the indissolubility of the marriage pact and the widespread rejection of responsible and mature sexual ethics, founded on the practice of chastity, have led to serious social problems that entail a huge human and economic cost. We cannot ignore the serious pastoral problem constituted by the widespread practice of cohabitation, often by couples who seem unaware that it is a serious sin, not to say that it represents damage to the stability of society. He alluded to the decrease in the number of young people who approach the sacrament of marriage.

The same Pope asked to restore his place in the preaching and catechetical teaching to the Catholic doctrine on marriage as a natural institution elevated by Christ to the dignity of a sacrament, the vocation of Christian spouses in society and the Church, and the practice of conjugal chastity. Young people need to know the doctrine of the Church in its entirety, although it can be arduous and go against the grain of culture. It is urgently necessary that the entire Christian community again appreciates the virtue of chastity.

As for the attitude of the presidential candidates to life and family, citizens aware of their faith should analyze whether their family life, their exercise of government, their proposals, correspond to the Gospel, and support or not with the vote according to the own conscience. The definitiveness of the country is not only the economy and politics but above all the family.

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