The Evangelization Station

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Prof. Jose Vidamor B. Yu - Manila

Responsible Parenthood is the spirituality of the family. From the very beginning of marriage, the spouses embrace a new heart which makes them a gift for each other. The love they share encourages them to foster responsible family life. At the heart of responsible parenthood, we find God. He will be the source and fountain of life and love in which the family lives in the world today.

Responsible parenthood is guided by conscience. It is the duty of parents to establish a family after the will of God. The conjugal love they exchange and share draws its origin from God therefore, God manifests His plan and wisdom in the consciences of all members in the family. Humanae Vitae reminds us that, "marriage is not, then, the effect of chance or the product of evolution of unconscious natural forces; it is the wise institution of the Creator to realize in mankind His design of love." (HV 8)

Responsible Parenthood is the mission of the family. It includes the respect of the functions of the spouses and their specific role in the propagation of life and defense against the forces of death. The family is sent to "bear fruit and have life to the full" by exercising their specific function biologically and psychologically in the context of the family. It is the mission of the family to transmit life and raise the children according to the law of God.

Responsible Parenthood is the vocation of marriage. Christian moral norms play important roles in the formation of consciences and the formation of the human family orientation in these contemporary times. The family is ever challenged with pressing problems which are brought about by the escalating trends of secularization however, responsible parenthood includes the moral norms that the family uphold when faced with these problems. It is always the good of the children and the spouses which responsible parenthood focuses as its goal.

Responsible Parenthood is a service of love....
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