Building stronger families

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By Shirley Maghari

Gaining Momentum

Wednesday, August 27, 2014


Wise men say that when you build a family, you build a society. Conversely, when you destroy families, you destroy a society.

In the midst of cultural and personal conflicts, the family is very needed to serve as a strong foundation for identity and direction.

Which is why the Kasanag Center, which gives values formation for women of all ages and from all walks of life, recently hosted a seminar titled “Family Pedagogy.”

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It was a talk primarily focused on the dynamics of a family. The speaker was Ma. Socorro ‘Corito’ Luza Bautista, a trustee of an accredited nongovernment organization Defending Family Values Foundation and the executive director of the Chito Madrigal Foundation whose main mission is to help alleviate poverty through education and volunteerism, and to promote art and culture.

Ms. Bautista said the family pedagogy advocacy is aimed at giving deeper insight into the theology of marriage and family, thereby giving a perspective based on the truth and meaning of human sexuality.

It also aims to give practical suggestions on how to nurture and enhance conjugal and family relationships to build very strong families—a formidable strength in a truly developed society.

In upholding the sanctity of family life, she further stressed that marriage is a vocation and a sacrament. It is therefore a must to remember that the marital bond is sacred and that the couple should rely on the sacramental grace to carry out their commitments.

As a vocation, educating the children in the faith is very essential as this will guide and protect them throughout their lives. As the “domestic church,” the family should be an environment where love, understanding and caring is shared and experienced.

From her extensive research and personal experience, Ms. Bautista explained that adults are very much influenced by their childhood and family relations. Majority of those who experienced what can be defined as a stable and happy childhood usually exhibit traits like high self-esteem, and strong faith. They are also generous and can commit themselves to serve others.

Circumstances can vary for every family, of course. There are those whose family life is challenged by numerous trials but a person’s resiliency and ultimately— their personal choices— determine who and what they will be in the future.

It is important to note that at every opportunity, the sanctity of the family life must be given honor and respect because a solid family foundation is still the best scenario for every member of the family.

Ms. Bautista ended her talk by sharing that she plans to contribute to the growing advocacy of the family pedagogy through research works , conferences, seminars, and publications aiming to strengthen the Filipino family, and thus building a very strong nation.

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on August 27, 2014.

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