Our home joys are the most delightful earth affords, and the joy of parents in their children is the most holy joy of humanity. It makes their hearts pure and good, it lifts men up to their Father in heaven.
Johann Heinrich Pestalozzi
The family is more sacred than the state, and men are begotten not for the earth and for time, but for Heaven and eternity.
Pope Pius XI: Casti Connubii
No matter what you've done for yourself or for humanity, if you can't look back on having given love and attention to your own family, what have you really accomplished?
Strength of character may be acquired at work, but beauty of character is learned at home. There the affections are trained. There the gentle life reaches us, the true heaven life. ... The family circle is the supreme conductor of Christianity.
He that doth live at home, and learns to know God and himself, needeth no farther go.
Christopher Harvey: Travels at Home
The duties of home are discipline for the ministries of heaven.
The family [is] ordained of God that children might be trained up for himself; it was before the church, or rather the first form of the church on earth.
Pope Leo XIII
The beauty of the house is order;
The blessing of the house is contentment;
The glory of the house is hospitality;
The crown of the house is godliness.
Good, honest, hardheaded character is a function of the home. If the proper seed is sown there and properly nourished for a few years, it will not be easy for that plant to be uprooted.
George A. Dorsey: Why We Behave Like Human Beings, Harper & Row Publishers, Inc.
There is no synthetic replacement for a decent home life. Our high crime rate, particularly among juveniles, is directly traceable to a breakdown in moral fiber – to the disintegration of home and family life. Religion and home life are supplementary. Each strengthens the other. It is seldom that a solid and wholesome home life can be found in the absence of religious inspiration.
FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover: Christian Herald
The voice of parents is the voice of gods, for to their children they are heaven's lieutenants.
Home interprets heaven; Home is heaven for beginners.
Charles Henry Parkhurst: Sermons: The Perfect Peace
To be God's children, we must begin by proving ourselves faithful children of our earthly homes. That is the way our Lord took, and it remains the way of life for all who would follow him.
A. Ian Burnett: Lord of All Life