The need for good parents and good kids cannot be understated. Vatican II’s Gravissimum Educationis tells us that the family is the epicenter of learning and development. Today, many families learn how they should raise kids and be spouses from a culture that believes marriage is an ephemeral institution for self-interest and that kids should make all their choices on their own. What a scary prospect – both of these!
While I don’t believe in the developments of “the modern family” I can’t say I’m a professional advice-giver for others, and some days I feel less equipped than ever to have children and a spouse of my own. Then I picked up a copy of The Catholic Family Handbook. It’s a book I’ve seen for some time and was pretty excited to read it. This book really took hold of me from the opening pages.
The book from Sophia Institute Press was, if I were to put it in one word, “comprehensive.” This books talks about almost everything, even things I didn’t realize I had trouble with in my marriage and family, I learned a great deal in these pages.
For example, the book covers the issues around money, but discusses the inner motives, attitudes, and virtue that we ignore or accept. The depth of knowledge from the author amazed me as his words seemed to be bringing out so many things I realize I need to work on.
Here’s the great bit – though this book illuminated several things in my life that I needed to consider, things which I have been lacking in, the book provided a positive and encouraging way of resolving these. Sometimes, the author boldly (though tactfully) says “Stop!” which we all need from time to time.
There are many pages I plan to return to as my kids age, and several more that I plan to re-consider as I do my best to be a good husband. Overall, this book is an A, easily, and I suggest it to everyone who is newly married or already has an established family. There is no need for original content when the timeless truth is present, and The Catholic Family Handbook is a fine example of that timeless call to our lay vocation.
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