Dear compatriots with large families,
It is a curious thing to contemplate that roughly 100-120 years ago Europeans still thought that a higher number of children meant greater blessing for their household. By contrast, nowadays married couples are reluctant to have even one child, and families bringing up three children are considered to be large. In addition to this, current events around the world, such as epidemics, wars and crises obviously do nothing to increase young couples’ desire for children.
“As a father of five and a grandfather, I find that difficulty as well as joy increases in direct proportion to the number of children.”
However, as a father of five and a grandfather, I find that difficulty as well as joy increases in direct proportion to the number of children. Looking back at previous generations, we can see that our great-grandparents and grandparents were able to properly raise their children under far more difficult circumstances than what we are currently experiencing. Of course, this would have been impossible without their strong faith and the support of their community. This is precisely why I think that social organizations based on broad cooperation are still of great importance today. The National Association of Large Families, celebrating its 35th anniversary this year, has been playing this specific role in the lives of Hungarian families with its devoted and committed employees and volunteers who have been providing help to many of our compatriots here and beyond our borders in recent decades.
With the holidays approaching, they will surely be very busy because there are always families in need of help and hopefully there will be a good number of donors and volunteers as well. Of course, you can continue to count on the Hungarian government in the future.
God bless you. God save Hungary.
Budapest, December 2022