The Diocese of Hamilton
The Diocese of Hamilton

The Diocese of Hamilton

Diocese of Hamilton Marriage and Parenting Tips


December 2016 - Parenting and Marriage Tip

December 2016 - Parenting and Marriage Tip

Courtesy of The Diocese of Hamilton

Parenting Tip
At Christmas it is easy for children to get so wrapped up in what they want that they forget the reason for the season: the birth of Christ. Jesus came to offer a great sacrifice – his life so our sins could be forgiven. He taught us to look toward others; to feed the hungry, care for the sick and so much more. The greatest gift we can give our children is the ability to look outward towards what others need, as opposed to looking inward to what “I” want. When we teach our children what Christmas really represents and why we celebrate, it helps them know God loves them and to spread his love to others. (From: Teresa Hartnett, Family Ministry Office, 905-528-7988 ext. 2250)


Marriage Tip
Pope Francis, in Amoris Laetitia (The Joy of Love), challenges married couples to understand that their love is a call to sacrificial love. He invites each spouse to see their married love as love that must be first and fore-most self-giving. When a person in relationship understands this, it helps them to reach beyond themselves and indeed grow. When we take the time to discern our vision of married life and then reach into ourselves to make it happen, both spouses benefit. The Pope is reminding us that love may not be perfect, but it is love and when we nurture it from within, we strengthen and build a deep bond between us. (From: Teresa Hartnett, Family Ministry Office, 905-528-7988 ext. 2250)