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Role Of Fathers

Role Of Fathers
September 10
15:52 2017

The following is a message from the head of the Catholic Church in Fiji Archbishop Peter Loy Chong on Father’s Day. 

On behalf of the Catholic Church in Fiji I offer a prayer of blessing to Fathers and Grandfathers.

“God our Father, in your wisdom and love you made all things. Bless these all Fathers and grandfathers, that they may be strengthened in their roles as fathers. Let the example of their faith and love shine forth. Grant that we, their sons and daughters, may honor them always with a spirit of profound respect. Amen.”

The Role of Fathers

The Catholic Catechism understands the role of Fathers in the context of the purposes of marriage. Catholic Catechism teaches that the primary purposes of the marriage are threefold:

1. Marriage is for the good of the spouses – that spouses complement each other.

2. For procreation

3. For the education of Children

Therefore the first role of husbands and fathers is to be a good companion to his wife. Husbands through their marriage and spousal relationship help their wives achieve wholesome human growth.

The primary purpose of marriage is for the good of the spouses

The second role of the Fathers and husbands, together with their wives is to have children and hence be co-creators with God.

The third role of Fathers together with their wives is the education of their children.

The Catholic Catechism state: “The role of parents in education is of such importance that it is almost impossible to provide an adequate substitute.” The right and the duty of parents to educate their children are primordial and inalienable.

Parents must regard their children as children of God and respect them as human persons. Showing themselves obedient to the will of the Father in heaven, they educate their children to fulfill God’s law.

Parents have the first responsibility for the education of their children.

They bear witness to this responsibility first by creating a home where tenderness, forgiveness, respect, fidelity, and disinterested service are the rule. The home is well suited for education in the virtues.

This requires an apprenticeship in self-denial, sound judgment, and self-mastery – the preconditions of all true freedom. Parents should teach their children to subordinate the “material and instinctual dimensions to interior and spiritual ones.”

Parents have a grave responsibility to give a good example to their children. By knowing how to acknowledge their own failings to their children, parents will be better able to guide and correct them:

He who loves his son will not spare the rod…. He who disciplines his son will profit by him. (Sirach 30:1-2)

Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord. (Ephesians 6:4)

A father through his masculinity has a very important role in the formation their children. A father is called upon to ensure stability and harmony within the family.

He does this by exercising generous and selfless responsibility for the life conceived in the womb of the mother; by taking a more active role in, and making a more serious commitment to his children’s education and prayer life, a task that he shares with his wife.

May God bless our Fathers to become as perfect as God our Father.

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