The Archbishop of Lima, Cardinal Juan Luis Cipriani Thorne, noted this week that the family needs God in order to achieve authentic and comprehensive human development.
In his weekly radio program, Dialogue of Faith, the cardinal said, “Society must put the family first, maintaining unity with God and with each of its members.”
After underscoring that a greater understanding of the need for the family must be fostered, the cardinal exhorted parents to always be involved in the formation of their children. He explained that educating them in the faith is the best way for children to become close to God.
Cardinal Cipriani went on to stress the need to keep one’s eyes fixed on God, especially during the difficult moments of life. He also encouraged Catholics to fight against the “inferiority complex” that drives some away from the Church.
“If one is close to God, one strives to discover the good things that are around him. Being permanently close to God is like breathing. We don’t think about doing it, but if we don’t, we will die,” he concluded.