10 FAMILY - a school of memories to treasure - Sr. Grace Rodrigues

posted Jul 18, 2018, 10:53 AM by Neil D'Souza   [ updated Jul 18, 2018, 10:53 AM ]
"God calls men and women to be parents who believe in love, who believe in its beauty," says Pope Francis. To be a father and a mother is a call from God, and the special love they share between them is not simply limited to feelings of passion or an initial enthusiasm that might pass, but rather founded on the beauty of love, and it needs to be discovered every day.

Parents are the foundation and fountain of our life. It is they who inculcate the values and virtues of life and teach us to pray and play. It is they who instil in us self-confidence and trust in God, and make our world a beautiful place to live in. Children are a treasure for parents. In a recent report in the Times of India dated July 2, 2018, a minor child torn between her mother and the foster family was sent to a safe home. In this case, the mother had abandoned her daughter when she was two months old; the child was given in the custody of a foster family to take care of the child; but now the mother has returned to claim her daughter who was being raised by the neighbour. This shows the love bond between the mother and the child. It is well said that there are no perfect parents in the world, but the love of the parents will always be perfect in the given situation.

We have the recent case of Roland who ran away from Goa without the knowledge of his parents; he came to Mumbai to see film stars. What a desperate situation for his parents; the same plight as Mary and Joseph who went in search of Jesus when He was lost in the Temple. So desperate and tensed were Roland's parents that tears of anguish and loss were simply rolling down their cheeks. And when they received a call from the police that they had found Roland and he was in safe custody, they were filled with joy and happiness. They immediately rushed to Mumbai to take custody of their son.