Fr. Hewko: 1995 Forward to 'Raising Your Children'
The following is a transcription of a Forward Fr. Hewko wrote for Integrity Magazine in 1995.

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One can scarcely find a pope in the last 200 years that has not written something on the family. When Pope Leo XIII was asked which of his many encyclicals he considered to be the most important, he responded giving them in this order: First, On Christian Philosophy, to restore Catholic thought in society and the universities (built on Thomism); Second, On Human Liberty, to re-emphasize that only the Catholic truth will make nations and people free; Third, On Christian Marriage and Family, to build a Catholic society, the “building blocks” must be solid; Fourth, On Freemasonry, to alarm the entire world of its deceits and naturalistic principles, that will destroy societies and families; Fifth, On Civil Government, to re-emphasize the union of Church and State and their relationships for the true common good; Sixth, On the Christian Constitution of States, to remind “Caesar,” he too has the duty to render to God what is God’s, and help his people get to heaven; Seventh, On Socialism, to stress that economics, too, must be governed by the virtues of justice and charity; Eighth, On the Rights and Duties of Capital and Labor; and Ninth, On Christian Citizenship, to uphold the true ideal of a true society, yes, a vision!

All these together form a whole doctrinal body giving obvious importance to the family. Why so much focus on the family? No doubt, all the popes, like Leo XIII, foresaw that the family would soon be the target of Satan, as the coming anti-family U.N. Conference in Beijing, China, proves.

What are we to do? Simply, our duties of state (Our Lady of Fatima), and keep our Catholic feet on the ground. In this latest compendium of Integrity articles by various authors, fathers will discover their important role in God’s plan, from business meetings and feeding the family, to leading the family rosary and meal prayers. What of you mothers? St. Paul already canonizes you! “The woman shall be saved through childbearing.” You are the heart of the home, the warmth and light of the homelife, and in these pages you will find sound advice on “heating in harmony” with the head, and, both together, on raising the children God sends you. The topics are vast and touch on many practical applications of the Faith with so much simplicity and common sense.

We belong to that Family of the Blessed Trinity already! How? By our union with the Mystical Body of Christ (through the Catholic Faith and sanctifying grace!) and this Body will be glorified with Her Head: “Eye hath not seen, ear hath not heard, nor hath it entered into the heart of man what God hath prepared for those that love Him!” (I Cor. 2:9). Those saintly popes are watching you, countless parent-saints are cheering you on and even envy you! So dear parents, go, grow, and glow with the graces from your Nuptial Blessing, and may the request of Mother Church, after this “valley of tears,” be yours!

May the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob be with you, and may He fulfill His blessing in you: that you may see your children’s children even to the third and fourth generation, and thereafter may you have Life Everlasting, by the grace of Our Lord Jesus Christ: Who with the Father and the Holy Ghost liveth and reigneth, God, forever and ever. Amen. (Nuptial Blessing after Benedicamus Domino.)

Rev. Fr. David Hewko
Feast of the Holy Name of Mary, 1995

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"So let us be confident, let us not be unprepared, let us not be outflanked, let us be wise, vigilant, fighting against those who are trying to tear the faith out of our souls and morality out of our hearts, so that we may remain Catholics, remain united to the Blessed Virgin Mary, remain united to the Roman Catholic Church, remain faithful children of the Church."- Abp. Lefebvre

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