Rev Fr John Damian Adizie
MAY 15 is International Day of the family. It is a celebration that has to do with those belonging to one family or another. It is a day set aside to reflect on the important role the family plays in human and social development. The theme of this year’s Inter-national Day of the Family is Families and inclusive societies.
The family has an import-ant and indispensable role to play in the promotion of peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development. As Charity begins at home, most of the developments we have in our world today eman-ated from the family.
The family has produced great men and women in the society. It is the first place where human develop-ment takes place. Most human beings are nurtur-ed and cherished in and within a family.
Ban Ki-moon, the UN Sec-retary-General highlights the role of the family as he declares: “By providing economic and emotional sustenance to their mem-bers, families can raise productive, caring citiz-ens committed to the co-mmon good.”
According to him, well-functioning families, whatever form they may take, can help re-duce poverty, improve the wellbeing of mothers, pro-mote gender equality and uphold human rights.” In a nut-shell, the family plays an important role in the act-ualization of most of the sustainable development goals. Without the families these goals cannot be act-ualized. To carry the famil-ies along is to carry every-one along; and this is what inclusive society is all about. All hands must be on deck!
There are so many chall-enges facing the modern families. So many families are in deep trouble, some families are at the verge of disintegration. Broken homes and broken marria-ges and families have in-creased rapidly. Poverty and high cost of living have destabilized so many fa-milies. Gay union is a ma-jor threat to family life, es-pecially in Western societ-ies.
In Africa, polygamy, pov-erty and other cultural pra-ctices threaten the well-being and stability of the family. The constant kill-ings in Nigeria by insurg-ents or Herdsmen, have destroyed so many paren-ts leaving their children orphaned.
In response to some of these challenges, on Dec-ember 12, 2012 we started an association of married people known as Christian Families Organisation. The association is open to all legally married persons who really want their marr-iage to succeed.
We meet every first Sunday of the month at Maryland Egoro Amede, Ekpoma, Edo State of Nigeria at 10.00 a.m. Couples use the me-dium to renew their marital vows. They share their challenges and success stories, thereby encour-aging one another. By their uniform and wedding rings you shall know them! Happy family day to all families and well wishers!