The Family in God’s Plan

The Commandment to Honor One’s Father and Mother Reflects the Family’s Role in Church and Society

The Family in God’s Plan

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The fourth commandment instructs us to “Honor your father and your mother.” How many times as youngsters did we confess that we had disobeyed our parents in ways great and small? Yet we can understand this commandment more fully by considering how it encompasses God’s entire plan for marriage and family life.

The fourth commandment instructs us to “Honor your father and your mother.” How many times as youngsters did we confess that we had disobeyed our parents in ways great and small? Yet we can understand this commandment more fully by considering how it encompasses God’s entire plan for marriage and family life.

Growing up, I took it for granted that a child’s parents consisted of a mother and a father. Today proponents of same-sex marriage and other voices as well tell us that the fourth commandment’s reference to one’s mother and father is outdated, the product of a bygone culture. However, this perspective hinders us from learning the saving truth of Scripture and from listening to what the voice of reason tells us about marriage and family.

The “Domestic Church” The Compendium [of the Catechism of the Catholic Church] reminds…

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