Saturday, February 11, 2017

Amoris Laetitia - Par. 195

195.  Growing up with brothers and sisters makes for a beautiful experience of caring for and helping one another.  For "fraternity in families is especially radiant when we see the care, the patience, the affection that surround the little brother or sister who is frail, sick or disabled".221  It must be acknowledged that "having a brother or sister who loves you is a profound, precious and unique experience".222  Children do need to be patiently taught to treat one another as brothers and sisters. This training, at times quite demanding, is a true school of socialization.  In some countries, where it has become quite common to have only one child, the experience of being a brother or sister is less and less common.  When it has been possible to have only one child, ways have to be found to ensure that he or she does not grow up alone or isolated.

221 Ibid.
222 Ibid.