Saw this hanging at the ancestral home of Tito Roland Araza in Majayjay, Laguna. Parents, soon-to-be parents, and those who want to be parents in the future (like me!), let's learn from this. :)
Children Learn What They Live
If a child lives with CRITICISM, he learns to CONDEMN.
If a child lives with HOSTILITY, he learns to FIGHT.
If a child lives with RIDICULE, he learns to be SHY.
If a child lives with SHAME, he learns to FEEL GUILTY.
If a child lives with TOLERANCE, he learns to be PATIENT.
If a child lives with ENCOURAGEMENT, he learns CONFIDENCE.
If a child lives with PRAISE, he learns to APPRECIATE.
If a child lives with FAIRNESS, he learns JUSTICE.
If a child lives with APPROVAL, he learns to LIKE HIMSELF.
If a child lives with ACCEPTANCE and FRIENDSHIP, he learns to FIND LOVE in the world.
Tito Roland saw me copying the poem and I said with a smile, "For future use, Tito." He replied, "Mahirap talaga maging magulang lalo na sa panahon ngayon. Tama yan, to guide you, but if all else fails, remember this: prayer overcomes."
Well noted, Tito! :)
Today, as we celebrate the Feast Day of St. Joseph, Spouse Of The Blessed Virgin Mary, Confessor And Patron Of The Universal Church, we pray that following the example of St. Joseph, we may also:
- have the grace to know God's will and have to courage to obey despite the uncertainties
- become good parents to the children whom God has entrusted/will entrust to us
- remain faithful to the people (for married people: spouse) God has given us to share life's journey with
- not just have a heart of gold (read: kind heart) but a heart of God
Prayer to St. Joseph for Assistance
O glorious St. Joseph, you were chosen by God to be the foster father of Jesus, the most pure spouse of Mary ever Virgin, and the head of the holy family. You have been chosen by Christ's Vicar as the heavenly patron and protector of the Church founded by Christ. Therefore it is with great confidence that I implore your powerful assistance for the whole Church on earth. Protect in a special manner, with true fatherly love, the Pope and all bishops and priests in communion with the See of Peter. Be the protector of all who labor for souls amid the trials and tribulations of this life, and grant that all peoples of the world may follow Christ and the Church He founded.
Dear St. Joseph, accept the offering of myself which I now make to you. I dedicate myself to your service, that you may ever be my father, my protector, and my guide in the way of salvation. Obtain for me great purity of heart and a fervent love for the spiritual life. May all my actions, after your example, be directed to the greater glory of God, in union with the divine Heart of Jesus, the immaculate heart of Mary, and your own paternal heart.
Finally, pray for me that I may share in the peace and joy of your holy death.