May 15 was announced by the UN as the International Day of the Family. Being in London on the eve of this holiday, I was pleasantly surprised to see at the station a man feeding a baby and this in the context of Europe, where birth rates are declining.
On the way home, there were so many mothers and young children on the airplane, like I have never seen before. After the plane has taken the necessary height, the children began to play with each other and were running on the path between the seats. I liked that none of the passengers or flight attendants looked dissatisfied, in fact, conversely, all they where admiring these children.
After landing, when we were waiting in line at passport control we decided to give priority to mothers and fathers with children and we were happy to be the last in the line.
While waiting in line I was curious and asked questions and I learned that almost all those parents live in London and there were their children born. I was glad that they could be with the whole family and so, children do not have the fate of more than 200,000 children in our country growing up without parents.
There I reminded of a joke that I had heard the other day: a passenger was well served in a restaurant in London and when the waiter asked him which country was he from, he found out he was from Moldova. Then, he went to Tokyo and there he met someone who offered him another job and was also from Moldova. When he went to Washington and took dinner at a restaurant where the waiter was from Moldova, the man asked: “Sir, I looked on the map and saw that you have a very small country. How is it that you are present in the whole world?” The waiter replied: “What you saw on the map is the central office, but the whole world is ours.”
God bless all the families in our country and around the world and help us keep this divine institution as it has been conceived by the Creator. He says so in the Sacred Scriptures:
Unless the LORD builds the house, they labor in vain who build it; unless the LORD guards the city, the watchman keeps awake in vain. It is vain for you to rise up early, to retire late, to eat the bread of painful labors; for He gives to His beloved even in his sleep. Behold, children are a gift of the LORD, the fruit of the womb is a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior, so are the children of one’s youth. How blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them; they will not be ashamed when they speak with their enemies in the gate. (Psalm 127:1-5)(NASB)
Let us seek the face of God with all our heart that He may build our families and nations.
Translated by Felicia Rotaru