It always needs support.
Family ties, roots and relationships are always ready for strengthening.
Thats what Rabbi Modehai Waldman, Imam Sayed Najah al Hussaini and myself will aim to do next Monday,February 28th at 6 pm in the Royal Canadian Post at 1101 E. Eleven Mile Road in Royal Oak, MI.
There were nine of us in my family on Detroit's east side by the city airport on Lynch Road and Van Dyke.
Two sets of twins enlarged us as we lined Van Dyke on the way to church or school.
Rules kepts us tight.
In by dark. Do your chores. And, your homework.
Dinner togehter. Talk. Yell. Laugh. Play. Communicate.
Family was the topic of the late Pope John Paul II who wrote a series of encyclical letters on community.
Family is a community of persons. Each member has his or her role to play to make family work well.
Society is developed by family.
"The family, which is founded and given life by love, is a community of persons: of husband and wife, of parents and children, of relatives. Its first task is to live with fidelity the reality of communion in in a constant effort to develop an authentic community of persons," John Paul II wrote.
He went on to say:
"The famil is the first and fundamental school of social living: as a community of love,it find in self-giving the law that guides it and makes it grow. The self-giving that inspires the love of husband and wife for each other is the modeal and norm for the self-giving that must be practiced in the relationships between brothers and sisters and the different generations living together in the family.
Amid epidemics of obesity, addiction, and crime, a does of strengthening the family will help.
Join me Monday or give me a call at 586 530 7576.