Timmy and Tammy are ten-year-old twins, who come home from school every day to an empty house. As a society, we commonly refer to such children as “latch-key children.” More and more responsibility is placed on such children to self-discipline themselves to do their homework and complete their chores. It is no longer monetarily feasible for one parent to stay at home. Life gets even more complicated and overwhelming when a person must raise their children without the loving support of a spouse. Timmy and Tammy’s mom, Tiffany, has little time for her twins. Her boss is overbearing, demanding, and unaccommodating when it comes to balancing home and work life. Work usually wins out because Tiffany is a single mom, and sole bread-winner for her family. Their dad is long gone and out of the picture, resulting in just one more broken home.
Tiffany struggles with balancing her time and attention between work and home. Sometimes it is just physically easier to ignore her children’s wants and needs to pay heed to her boss instead. Work provides an escape from her problems at home. At least by making the boss happy, Tiffany gets the money needed to feed and clothe her children, and keep a roof over their heads.
Does this scenario sound familiar to you? Unfortunately, I think it is all too familiar within our society. With the divorce rate so high in the United States, and elsewhere, far too many children find themselves living in a broken home, at no fault of their own. Yet they pay the biggest price.
What do children lose the most as a result of living in a broken home? They lose a sense of security founded on peace. Their world is shaken. The instability results in a loss of peace that transcends outward into the community and society in general.
Everybody today seems to be in such a terrible rush, anxious for greater developments and greater riches and so on, so that children have very little time for their parents. Parents have very little time for each other, and in the home begins the disruption of peace in the world. — Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta
Teresa of Calcutta astutely gets to the heart of the problem. Her wisdom sheds light on the source of our lack of peace. This brief comment also sheds light on where we need to turn to regain that peace.
Healing the Wounds of a Broken Home
Pray for peace; a peace within your heart that recognizes Christ’s presence within you.
Pray for peace within your family; a peace that helps your children to flourish and grow in virtue.
Pray for peace within your community; a peace that seeks an end to violence.
Pray for peace within your nation; a peace that reminds us that we are part of one big family, and that we need not be a “broken home.”