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Family Communication – Expressing Heart Even When You’re Stressed

The most important yet often neglected part of a relationship is communication. As a parent or partner you can easily get into the habit of giving directions and commands, expressing your expectations but not your heart. This can create friction and misunderstanding, even when you’re trying to make your point very clear and simple. Putting […]

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Threats In The World We Live In

When I was growing up I would wake up every morning to graphic news reports of the war in Vietnam. In elementary school, during the Cuban missile crisis, we did practice drills of hiding under our desks in case of bomb attacks. I lived in south Florida, so the threat was close. Parents Want to […]

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Social Ethics from the Second Blessing

The Divine Principle from a Unification Thought perspective The Second Blessing, part 10 In the last few articles, we’ve been looking at the virtues named in Unification Thought which help us understand ethical relationships in a family. This is the first part of the description of the Second Blessing: God’s second blessing was to be […]

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Family Ethics Begin With Loving Oneness

The Divine Principle from a Unification Thought perspective. The Second Blessing, part 9 In the last two articles, we’d been looking at the “vertical” expression of love — from the elders “downward” to their juniors, and also from the young ones “upward” to their elders. The main form of love downwards is benevolence and the […]

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Benevolence Evokes Loyalty and Love

The Divine Principle from a Unification Thought perspective The Second Blessing, part 8 In this series I’ve been writing about relationships, specifically family relationships; keeping in mind that the family is the root of all relationships. In the previous post I wrote about “vertical” order in the family, or the love of elders towards children, […]

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Unification Thought on Heavenly Order

The Divine Principle from a Unification Thought perspective The Second Blessing, part 6 Last time, I’d reflected on Unification Thought’s explanation of “order” within a family. And I’d discovered how important order was for me to relate more deeply with my extended family in the Philippines, particularly with my elders and juniors. I found a […]

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Honoring National Parent’s Day

This is an historic day, a national holiday of immense proportions. Those who celebrate this holiday today are creating the foundation for a future that recognises the value of parents, father’s and mother’s as a united team, in the formation of families. Although in the United States we already had a Mother’s Day and a Father’s […]

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Family Ethics and Order in Real Life

The Divine Principle from a Unification Thought perspective. The Second Blessing, part 5 We continue our examination of the Second Blessing as mentioned in Gen. 1:28: “So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. 28 Then God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be […]

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Honoring Our Fathers and Forefathers

IN HONOR OF ALL FATHERS PRESENT AND PAST People have all sorts of relationships with their parents, some great and some not so great. Putting any issues aside, no one can disagree that our existence comes from a father and a mother, who each also had father’s and mother’s and so forth back to the […]

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Two Hearts Blessed in Holy Marriage

Nothing captures our hearts like new love. This past weekend, Faith Fusion celebrated the Holy Marriage Blessing. To open the ceremony, Pastor Heather offered a special message to the Bride and Groom to remind them of the meaning of the commitment they were making. “Marriage can be said to be a ceremony which allows you […]

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