“The most important thing a father can do for his children is to love their mother” – Theodore Hesburgh
Marriage is the foundation of the family. Children need this solid foundation more than anything else a parent can give them. That is why divorce and children outside of marriage are some of the greatest tragedies. And that undoubtedly explains the extremely high correlation between the relationship of our parents and the level of hardship we face in our life.
Just about every major social problem we have has at least one correlative factor in common: broken homes. That is not to say there aren’t plenty of exceptions. But it’s an obvious factor. And I firmly believe it is the most important factor of all.
“The family is the first essential cell of human society.” – Pope John XXIII
“As the family goes, so goes the nation and so goes the whole world in which we live.” – John Paul II
If we have broken families then we have a broken society.
Unfortunately, we live in a culture that increasingly believes divorce is no big deal. And believes that sex and children outside of a marriage bond is just fine for the children. And at the root we have a sentiment that “spouses may come and go, but I will always love my children.”
But your children need you and your spouse. That is why your marriage and your love for each other is the most important thing you can focus on. For a married person, it’s your first vocation in life. It comes even before loving your kids. You love your kids most by loving each other first. That is what ensures a safe and solid environment for your children to grow within.