The Filipino Family and the Catholic Christian Belief

FX777222999 By FX777222999, 27th Mar 2011 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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One good trait of the Filipino family is the great affection and concern for family members, helping the members in any way especially those who have less in life and taking care of the old folks in their leading years. But this concern for the larger community, like corruption, political dynasties and self-interest.

The Filipino Family and the Catholic Christian Belief


In the animal kingdom, it is man that has the longest childhood, hence the longest dependence upon his parents and elders. The pendulum may swing too far even in adult life, he becomes too much dependent upon others even for bare necessities, that even in marriage he wouldn’t care to have a home for his own for “mother and father” will build an annex or additional room for his growing family. For the education of his own children he still looks up to his parents and “brothers” and “sisters,” when his own income is too meager.

Dependence, though, may have merits like nurturing the person until he is able to support himself, but also has demerits. It kills one’s enthusiasm, creativity, innovativeness, promotes fear to embark on anything new, say business, he is afraid to fall so he will not try at all. He does not have the courage to face the tests that challenges one’s willingness to take risks. The most tragic mistake is not to try at all. He who has no courage is failure even in victory.

One good trait of the Filipino family is the great affection and concern for family members, helping the members in any way especially those who have less in life and taking care of the old folks in their leading years. But this concern for the larger community, like corruption, political dynasties and self-interest.

Loose discipline in the family may arise as a result of lenient parents, due to extreme love for their children. When a child grows up wanting in self-discipline chaos results. He becomes an inefficient and ineffective member of the society. The do’s and don’ts in discipline are not sure hits of good behavior, unless the child is fully aware why this act is “don’t” and that act is “no.”

Even in a wholesome family atmosphere, children are of different degrees of intelligence, hence achievements may vary. For low achievers to improve better, parents tend to compare them with their high achiever children thus resulting in unhealthy competition and rivalry, hatred for study, and work and the so-called “crab-mentality syndrome.” This may be carried to adulthood, and say, one has a managerial position, he discredits the ambitious, this fellow will not compete with him for the higher positions.

No doubt the family, the smallest social unit, is the first school of the child. Here he learns so many things whether negative or positive values:

1. Two of the positive ones are “friendship for other people” and respect for the authority.
2. Cordial greetings to superiors and associated,
3. Helping an old woman cross the street,
4. Sharing salts, sugar or cooking oil with a neighbor
5. Attending the wake of the dead casual acquaintance

But, little manifestations of these traits. In the world of work, one becomes successful in his dealings with the managers and co-workers because of friendship. This may result in a healthy attitude towards work thus exuding greater output and improvement in business and industry.

On the other hand, this trait may bring one to perdition if one does not use self-restraint and self-control.

In most cases, the children imbibe the religion of their parents. Practicing the tenets of one’s faith enables one to be upright in his daily life, and not to go wayward. He views matters in the most hopeful and cheerful view and expects the best outcome. In other words, he looks on the brighter side of things. Invoking the aid of Almighty, he finds strength and vigor to surge ahead despite of uncertainties. But when tragic events like natural calamities or death strive, he accepts them as God’s will, that no mortal on earth can defy.

Aware therefore that family and the church are some of the roof of the Filipino character it behooves that each Filipino should make it as a great responsibility in his lifetime to make them the bedrock upon which positive Filipino values are built.

“Let each man think himself as an act of God. His mind a thought, his life a breath of God.”

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Catholic, Christian Belief, Country, Culture, Development, Economy, Filipino Family, God-Fearing, Jesus Christ, Loyal, Moral Values, Philippines, Pinoy, Poverty, Relationships, Rural, Society, Urban

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