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Family Movement in Malawian Catholic Diocese Urged to Embrace Financial Discipline

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Discipline in the use of finances is one way of ensuring that the welfare of the family is safeguarded, an official at the Episcopal Conference of Malawi (ECM) has told a family movement in the country’s Catholic Diocese of Chikwawa.

In a December 4 report, the Project Coordinator of ECM’s Pastoral Commission urged members of the Catholic Family Movement (CFM) in Chikwawa Diocese to be keen on how they handle family finances, noting that family is the basic unit in the economic ladder of the society.

“Discipline in matters of finances is very essential in ensuring the total welfare of the family. Being together means acting together,” Martin Njolomole said at a Family Apostolate workshop that was aimed at training couples belonging to CFM in Chikwawa Diocese.

The couples were expected to later train others in their respective Parishes.

“The habit of keeping daily family accounts by all the members together offers a platform for proper orientation and training in keeping a budgetary approach to family finances,” Mr. Njolomole said.

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Speaking on the importance of budgeting in the family at the training that was held at Bangula Pastoral Center in Chikwawa Diocese, the ECM official insisted on the need for families to have joint savings plans.

National Family Apostolate Chaplain, Fr. Valerian Mtseka who spoke at the training urged CFM members to hold firmly onto the ingredients of their families, which he listed as love, prayer and unity.

“Family Apostolate is the mission of the church to the family and consists of various forms, activities and services which may evolve from time to time in order to evangelize the present and future families so that they may enjoy family life satisfaction,” Fr. Mtseka said.

On the relationship of wife and husband in the family, the Malawian Catholic Priest urged the couples to be faithful to each other and live in a “constant relationship with God, who instituted the family by creating them, man and woman.”

Fr. Mtseka further said that a family having good relationship with God will impart godly values that other families will yearn to emulate.

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“The family which stays closely with God will be able to produce the fruits that He wishes. All the members of the family should give importance to Bible reading, meditation and in living the Holy Word; God’s Word helps to grow the family in the relationship with God,” the Catholic Priest said.

He added, “Bible reading helps the family members to recognize God’s wish about the family while the holy sacraments, especially the sacrament of the Eucharist and the sacrament of reconciliation, sanctify all the family members daily.”

Speaking at the same occasion, Catholic Health Commission Programs Coordinator, Marriana Nyawenda addressed the issue of natural family planning (NFP) saying that it is the safest way that does not involve drugs or devices.

“The church supports NFP as an authentic method of responsible parenthood because it is in line with God’s design. God’s design entails that conjugal act be expressed as a gift from God and a bodily language for the total self-giving between spouses and through which they glorify God, the author of that language and the source of love and life,” Mrs. Nyawenda said.

Expressing their gratitude for the training, Mr. and Mrs. Beu, a couple that benefited from the training said that the knowledge they received would enable nurture good families, and encouraged other Catholic couples to join the movement.

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“One of the major roles of this association of CFM is to encourage young couples to join family movements right from the day they register for their marriages. This will be achieved because as soon as we go back to our respective Parishes, we will start persuading young people to join by making them realize that a family without God is nothing,” the couple said.

The Malawian couple added, “Most young couples face numerous challenges due to lack of guidance and counseling but with Family Movement Association; they will be able to tap knowledge from some of us who have stayed longer in the marriage.”