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Monday, January 18, 2016

The Family is the Basis For the Moral Behavior of Society

by Edwin Rodrigues

A strong value system must begin with the 
family in order to inculcate moral and ethical values in the human race.

We can’t give what we do not have. So, aided by God’s grace, one’s  family needs to plant the seeds of moral behavior early in the lives of every member. For as the family goes, so goes the nation and the world!

The moral law is written on our hearts --  naturally -- but it needs to be nurtured by a well-formed conscience and a willingness to
attentive to that conscience. If we ignore our conscience, it will be silenced and die.

The present generation seems to be swallowed up by what Pope Benedict XVI called the "Dictatorship of Relativism." This is very dangerous as each  one decides what’s good for him according to his convenience, ignoring the good of the other.
I am convinced that there is an absolute right that one can choose by rejecting an absolute wrong. There is nothing in between. People, who have strong values, know how to discern between what might be legally permissible, but is morally and ethically wrong. 

Defending the dignity of all human life from natural conception to one’s natural death is
morally and ethically right, even if the law of the land permits evils such as abortion and euthanasia. 

The new trend of legalizing so-called “gay marriage"  shows how much of a breakdown there is in the ethical and moral value system of society. The unnatural can never replace the natural. 

Needless to say that to possess good values, one needs to be in touch with the Almighty  and nurture one’s spiritual life by drawing from the wellsprings of grace that flow from God.  

We, human beings are made in God’s image and likeness. Making time for silence allows us to maintain one’s equilibrium and sanctity. Unfortunately, wherever there’s an absence of a good value system, human beings give in to their baser instincts and fall to such depravity that even animals do not do such. 

If we wish to preserve the human race from further damage, inculcating sound morals and ethics among our children especially at home and in school, is of paramount importance. 

Having said so, one must be prepared to face hostility from those who do not subscribe to the moral law.  After all, it takes live bodies to fight the current upstream. Dead bodies only float downstream.

I would like to end with a quote I find to be apt: “Watch your thoughts; they become words. Watch your words; they become actions.  Watch your actions; they become habits. Watch your habits; they become character. Watch your character, it becomes your destiny!”

Edwin Rodrigues of Chandigarh, India, 
can be found at @ed1667 on Twitter
May our sound morals, ethics and values help preserve the human race from further degradation.

This I ask through Christ, Our Lord and the powerful intercession of Mama Mary and St Joseph. Amen  


  1. 1 Samuel 15:3, Hosea 13:16, Psalm 137:9

  2. Dear Anonymous, I'm curious why you choose those passages in Scripture. God bless you. Susan Fox

  3. Excellent post. The unspeakable evils unleashed on society by the dictatorship of relativism is just getting worse.
    It's time for people of faith to get stronger in their defence of truth.
    This piece shows the complete nonsense which is unleashed when people operate devoid of truth;

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