Jen and Matt Davis gave us a snippet of the influences that make your role as parents ESSENTIAL if your children are to grow up well. At the outset Matt shared this quote:
In the past, even when the family did not provide specific sexual education, the general culture was permeated by respect for fundamental values and hence served to protect and maintain them. In the greater part of society, both in developed and developing countries, the decline of traditional models has left children deprived of consistent and positive guidance, while parents find themselves unprepared to provide adequate answers. This new context is made worse by what we observe: an eclipse of the truth about man which, among other things, exerts pressure to reduce sex to something commonplace. In this area, society and the mass media most of the time provide depersonalized, recreational and often pessimistic information. Moreover, this information does not take into account the different stages of formation and development of children and young people, and it is influenced by a distorted individualistic concept of freedom, in an ambiance lacking the basic values of life, human love and the family.
“The Truth and Meaning of Human Sexuality” – promulgated by St. JP II on Dec. 8 1995
There is so much wisdom in that paragraph, I could spend a long time unpacking it from a wide variety of angles. As I processed it, a summary statement came to me, it may be obvious to you, but it made a difference to me when I thought it today. “My life is not about me.” Pretty egocentric, but, claim it and tame it and work with it….. Today my job is to witness to Him. The Lord wills that I be reasonably happy in this life and eternally happy in the next, but that happiness is a byproduct of a life lived well, not the goal in itself. Society would have us sprint toward what makes me happy now. What a short misguided race. Wrong target, which makes almost everything about that race misguided, it just doesn’t work.
I’ve got evidence, as does every one of us who has spent any amount of time reflecting on life, that it does not work. Rather may we set our sight on the Kingdom, and all that will get us there. Jesus, said, “I am the Way, the Truth and the Life.” Mary will help us along the way, too. “Mary be the gate of heaven to all who enter here.”
Jen and Matt have invited questions or comments about their presentation last night to: Jen Davis (Jmdavis17@gmail.com). Thanks, Jen and Matt, we appreciate your presentation and commitment to the Kingdom.