A Penitent Blogger

Mindful of my imperfections, seeking to know Truth more deeply and to live Love more fully.

Quid sum miser tunc dicturus? Quem patronum rogaturus? Cum vix iustus sit securus?
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Wednesday, July 01, 2009

Bad parents?

Today’s first reading (Genesis 21:5, 8-20a) presents us with some examples of parenting that are not the best (to put it perhaps too gently).

A mother takes away her son’s playmate because of her own jealousy.

A father throws his son out of his house.

Another mother leaves her child under a shrub in the desert to die.

Some people blame bad parenting for their own behavior or even for their professed inability to relate to God as a Father.

The words of Isaiah (49:15) need to be taken to heart:

Can a mother forget her infant,
be without tenderness for the child of her womb?

Even should she forget,
I will never forget you.

Whether we had or have good parents, bad parents, or mediocre parents, God our Father loves us personally with a parental love that is infinite, eternal, and close at hand.