The beauty of Modesty

On 23/03/2013, in Features, by Mark

imgresThe feeling and virtue of modesty refers initially to the safeguarding of the body. In a wider sense, it affects other aspects of privacy like one’s emotions. It is a positive virtue. It is the vigilant conscience which defends human dignity and real love. Education in this virtue consists in showing good example and explaining the reasons to live modesty, more than imposing concrete ways of dressing or acting. 

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The Meaning of Life

On 12/02/2013, in Features, by Tonia

DownloadedFileThe people of Trinidad and Tobago and similarly in other islands of the Caribbean are internationally known for our cheerfulness. Yet in human development we fall short. Is it that we laugh our problems away? Perhaps as a people we need a deeper reflection on the meaning of life so as to broaden and deepen the horizon of things that give us joy and pleasure. Ricardo Yepes offers this interesting reflection that can benefit parents and all involved in the formation of others. It is a bit long, but please be patient – it’s worth the read!

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What is marriage?

Marriage is a union by which a man and a woman establish between themselves an intimate partnership for their whole lives, and which of its own nature is ordered to the well-being of the spouses and to the procreation and upbringing of children. It is a way for persons to dignify their lives and to serve God and society.

What is the origin of marriage?

Marriage is a great blessing from God since the beginning of mankind. God created men and women equal but complementary and made them sharers in his creative work of giving and caring for new human life through marriage. Because of this a man and a woman leave their parents to be joined in marriage and the two become one flesh.

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1.         What is Love?

Love is the fundamental interior calling of every human being. God is love and as the image of God, man is created for love. Love gives meaning to true freedom and self-control and orients them towards self-giving in communion and friendship with God and with others.

2.         What is human sexuality?

When God created the human person in his image and likeness, he created them male and female. Masculinity and femininity are complementary gifts for building up the civilization of love. For the human person, the call to love is a call to love as a man or as a woman in unity of body and soul.

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How to really love your teenager

On 13/04/2012, in Features, by Mark
Guiding a child through the teenage years is a complex venture and one in which many parents today are having great difficulty. In almost every respect, the adolescent situation is becoming worse year after year. Teenage pregnancy, suicide, declining academic achievement scores, drug abuse, juvenile crime, and feelings of despair are statistically overwhelming. (Our own country Trinidad and Tobago is no exception). What’s wrong? Although most parents truly love their teenagers, they don’t know how to convey that love in ways that make their teenagers feel loved and accepted.

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