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Love your family? Put away that smartphone

PASAY City, Feb. 14, 2016 – One of the most common sights today, says a bishop, is the sight of entire families sitting down together during meal times but with each one looking down at his phone. 

“Sometimes, supposedly a family will have bonding and they go out and have dinner, but they're all busy with their cellphones... Why even go out together? Why even have dinner? No one is talking to each other!” said newly-installed Caloocan Bishop Pablo David in a Mass to celebrate the “Marriage is Beautiful” event of Couples for Christ held earlier today at the SMX Convention Center. 

Death of conversation

According to the prelate, such widespread practices is quickly becoming a top enemy of the family. 

“You see, you cannot build family that way... Sometimes, the members of the family are at home, but they don't eat together. How will you build family if you don't even eat together?” he asked.

According to David, while some families may still make it a habit to sit down together at the dinner table, real conversation is hindered because  “sometimes, they have a TV in front of them and they don't communicate with each other.”

“[This is] the death of conversation,” he explained to thousands of couples from all over Metro Manila. 

Automatically a family?

This phenomenon shows that the institution of the family, said David, is not built instantly because of proximity or blood relations. 

“Especially in our society, just because you bring people together under one roof you have a family... You do not automatically have a family when you have a man and woman living together with their child,” added the former Bishop of San Fernando in Pampanga. 

David, who also heads the Episcopal Commission on the Biblical Apostolate, said building and growing a family requires more conscious choices like putting away technology to make way for real community to take root?even in the home. 

The event, which kicked off with a march of couples who celebrated their marital milestones of silver, pearl, and golden wedding anniversaries, also featured concurrent workshops on dealing with in-laws, seniors' sexuality, a Kids' Academy workshop, a workshop for teens, among others. (Nirva'ana Ella Delacruz)

Added on Wednesday, March 2, 2016


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