Help! Our family is stuck in the desert, when will we enter the Promised Land? How can I grow in my trust in God when I’m struggling in the desert? What does the church teach about the role of parenthood? Does the church teach a ‘right way’ for parents to approach parenting, raise kids and balance family life? When the daily schedule gets overwhelming, how can I find peace in letting things go? How can I foster a greater sense of faith-filled identity in my family?
I love that my dad, grandparents (and all who’ve gone before us in heaven) are cheering us on! We get so earthly-minded! There’s so much work to do it’s easy to lose sight of what it’s ALL about. -Kari
We are discovering God actually answered out heart’s desire [for a new home] in many ways we didn’t realize, couldn’t see or even imagine… until we moved in. There’s a spiritual lesson there! -Tom
The Currans share their story of transition into the Promised Land and stories from recent celebrations. In retrospect, Kari reflects on the struggle to trust God amidst the desert. Tom references The Truth and Meaning of Human Sexuality, Guidelines for Education in the Family written by the Pontifical Council for the Family.
- Referenced Quotes
51. Certain serious privations or imbalances between parents (for example, one or both parents’ absence from family life, a lack of interest in the children’s education or excessive severity) are factors that can cause emotional and affective disturbances in children. These factors can seriously upset their adolescence and sometimes mark them for life. Parents must find time to be with their children and take time to talk with them. As a gift and a commitment, children are their most important task, although seemingly not always a very profitable one. Children are more important than work, entertainment and social position.
– The Truth and Meaning of Human Sexuality, V “PATHS OF FORMATION WITHIN THE FAMILY”
61. No one can deny that the first example and the greatest help that parents can give their children is their generosity in accepting life, without forgetting that this is how parents help their children to have a simpler lifestyle. Moreover, “…it is certainly less serious to deny their children certain comforts or material advantages than to deprive them of the presence of brothers and sisters, who could help them to grow in humanity and to realize the beauty of life at all its ages and in all its variety”. –Pope John Paul II
– The Truth and Meaning of Human Sexuality, V “A Sanctuary of Life and Faith”