Some children are not this fortunate. But I want to move on to understand the effect and benefit that a good marriage has on the children:
The bond of father and mother in marriage gives a child his first sense of belonging. He makes a connection from his own father to God the Father and is awash in gratitude for what is his, if only his small family unit. When a child has a good mother he gravitates toward the Secret of Mary, projecting a lifetime of confidence. He begins to understand love and devotion which- if the parents direct this to God- become virtues of responsibility, loyalty, honesty, trust and Faith.
I know that it is healthy for boys to withdraw from the mother in teenage years to become more independent, mature, and learn about the world. The father must be there to guide and befriend them during this time. Today this is seldom done and likely results in less masculine men. Masculinity and femininity are diametrically opposed natures that when respected, very much enrich each other and family life as a whole. Throughout his early years, a child absorbs lessons from the ways of his father and mother that powerfully form his ideas of God and of the world. When childhood is infused with supernatural grace from the sacraments, the child becomes able to transcend easily and spends his time contemplating and bonding his allegiance to God, the Church, his family and every other natural truth.
Some people have this type of devotion to their towns and countries also and it is a very good thing. Private property allows people to learn to love a cause. It gives us something to fight for and something to defend. If we feel that something belongs to us, we have a healthy foundation for our own identity.
This is important in today's world. People are very mixed up when it comes to who they are. We pretend we can be anything we want in a culture of relativism and whimsical careers and so we loose objective truth sometimes altogether!
A good marriage is very powerful then and children are indescribably effected by the relationship between their parents. To the extent that husband and wife follow the grace of marriage, every aspect of the family is impacted. This is a dynamic tool for the restoration of Christian civilization: encourage good marriages. Because a good marriage will support a good family. And the family is the cornerstone of civilization.
WHAT DO YOU THINK?