Theme: Honoring father and mother
Honor your father and mother
Dora was a good girl. But her father was worried about
her. Some time ago, he had been noticing that his
daughter sometimes had no good manners with her mother.
Dora's mother was very devoted to her family, especially
to her beloved daughter. But Dora did not understand
this and often answered poorly to the care she received.
Every morning the mother would wake Dora fondly, prepare
her breakfast, separate a neat uniform for her, make a
tasty lunch and take her daughter to the school
entrance. Then she would prepare her lunch with the food
she liked to eat, take care of the schedules, the
hygiene, help with schoolwork, take care of the friends
who came to play and deal with a myriad of details
connected with her routine. But Dora saw none of it.
For her, her mother was always bugging her, sending her
to brush her teeth, wash her hands, bathe or go to bed
at bedtime. She thought that her mother did not want to
buy the things she asked for every time they went out
together and also that she would not let Dora stay in
the electronic games for as long as she wanted.
In those moments, Dora became irritated. She responded
badly to her mother. Sometimes she even screamed or
repeated what she said, mocking and undoing her
Because of that, her father called Dora to talk and
- Daughter, you have learned in religious education
about Jesus’s lessons, haven’t you?
- Yes Dad! She replied.
- How nice! They are very important experiences, teach
us many laws of God! But did you know, Dora, that over a
thousand years before Jesus another man, named Moses,
also taught his people some laws of God?
- No, Daddy! I did not know. - said the daughter.
The father continued:
- In the past, there were no laws like today. People
used to do what they wanted. But there were many fights,
deaths and injustices. So, Moses, who was the first
person to speak to people about the laws of God, wrote
commandments, that is, rules that people should follow
in order to live better. It was only ten and they said
basic things like "not killing," "not stealing," "not
lying." And one of these ten commandments was this:
"Honor father and mother." Do you know what that means,
- That is to respect father and mother? - Dora asked
- That's right! - Her father encouraged - And even more
than respect. Recognize the importance of parents, take
care of them when they need and always treat them well.
Therefore, daughter, look: Moses, so many years ago,
wrote that commandment. Then Jesus, who was the most
evolved Spirit ever born on Earth, confirmed it. And
Allan Kardec, who codified our Spirit religion, also
emphasized it by writing an entire chapter of his book
The Gospel According to Spiritism under this title:
"Honor Father and Mother." Therefore, my child, this is
a lesson that we must respect. I want you to remember
that and always treat mom very well. Understand that all
she does is wishes your good, even if it displeases you
at that moment. Is it ok?
Dora then understood why her father was having all this
conversation with her and had to promise to improve her
The days passed. Dora tried to keep the promise but she
often forgot and disliked the mother again, having to be
One day the phone rang and brought the news that her
grandmother was very sick and was admitted to the
hospital. Her mother was the only daughter she had and
the only person who could take care her. So, Dora's
mother had to hurry to the city where grandma lived
where was very far.
It was then that the routine changed at Dora's house.
Her father would wake her up in the morning but time was
short on all activities and Dora had to do a lot of
things on her own. In the afternoon after school, she
had lunch at her neighbor's house (who was willing to
help them) and spent the whole afternoon there until her
father arrived earlier in the evening.
At first Dora even liked it. She thought she would be
free to do whatever she wanted. But it did not quite
happen. At her neighbor's house, she had to do the
schoolwork herself and had difficulties. After a few
days, she had no more clean uniforms and had to wear a
used one. The neighbor's food was very different. She
did not like it but she had to eat so she would not be
Before long, Dora missed her mother. She talked to her
on the phone but she could not go back because grandma
was still very ill.
The days passed and Dora felt more and more homesick. At
bedtime, she even cried thinking about mom. Now that she
was without her, Dora could see more clearly how good it
was to have someone around us who loves us, protects us,
cares for us and cares about our safety, health and
Dora also remembered the conversation with her father
and now she could better understand the instruction
"Honor father and mother". She knew her mother was also
fulfilling this command, going help grandma while she
After almost a month, fortunately grandma got better and
her mother was able to go home. On the day of her
arrival, Dora went with her father to meet mother at the
bus station. She hugged her so tightly it seemed she was
not going to let her go any more.
Mother thought Dora was pretty and even grown up. But
she was different too. From that day on, her father
never had to worry about her behavior toward mom.
Larissa Martine - email@example.com
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