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`It takes community to build family` - Bishop
Tuesday, March 1, 2016

PASAY City, Feb. 14, 2016 – We've probably all heard the saying that goes: “It takes a village to raise a child” but according to a prelate, it takes a community to build family to raise a child. 

“I think this is inspired by an African proverb, 'It takes a village to raise a child.' It was adopted a bit and raised up a bit more. It's not enough to say it takes a village to raise a child... It takes a community to raise a child,” said Caloocan Bishop Pablo David during a Mass to celebrate Couples for Christ (CFC)'s “Marriage is Beautiful” event at the SMX Convention Center earlier today, Valentine's Day. 

The bishop praised CFC for organizing the said event, saying the theme shows that “you rightly remind yourself [that] you also need to raise a family that will raise a child and that will not happen if we don't build community.”

More than a building

According to David, building community is what being Church is all about. 

“The Church is not a building; it's the community of the people of God, a community where individuals and families are bonded together not just by blood relaitionship but above all by faith,” he explained. 

This bond brought about by God Himself, said David, should not be taken lightly.

“The bonding of family is by blood, the bonding of community is by water, the water of faith, so don't say blood is thicker than water because the water of baptism purifies your blood realtionships,” he explained. 

The growth and survival of the family, David said, is ultimately linked to the Church. 

“We need to grow as community not just by families... if we want our families to be nurtured properly,” he stressed. 

Two dimensions

According to David, the sense of community in Church is seen through two important dimensions.

“We are bonded together as community by disicpleship and mission,” explained the prelate. 

He said: “Community is what builds our humanity into God's image and likeness.”

The event also featured a a march of couples who celebrated their marital milestones of silver, pearl, and golden wedding anniversaries, concurrent workshops on dealing with in-laws, senior citizens' sexuality, raising children of character, among others as well as a closing worship. (Nirva'ana Ella Delacruz)


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