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7 Stories that demonstrate the power of the sibling bond



Cerith Gardiner - published on 07/11/21

From childhood into adulthood, here's why having a sibling is something to truly cherish.

Brothers and sisters have a tendency to drive each other crazy throughout their lives. It’s normal, and yet the shared bond siblings have is hard to break. Sometimes we focus more on the negatives of our siblings, or even take them for granted, forgetting what a gift it is to have them.

To celebrate the joy of having a sibling or more, take a look at the following stories that can help you remember what pleasure they can bring, how fortunate we are to have them, and what an important place they hold in our lives and in our hearts.

To save each other’s lives

The sibling bond is unique and powerful, as this incredible story of a little boy who saved his twin brother’s life shows.

A simple cuddle from his sibling saved this premature baby’s life

To help each other grow in faith

This large group of siblings enabled each other to grow in faith, with an impressive seven children all joining religious life. While this may seem unusual, there have often been families where a number of siblings chose to follow a religious vocation, such St. Thérèse de Lisieux’s family.

7 out of 10 children from this family joined the Dominican Order

To encourage each other to achieve tricky goals

We often hear of sibling rivalry, but many brothers and sisters put their success in life down to their loving large families. These celebrities are just a few who were inspired by their large families and achieved greatness in their field.

9 Celebrities inspired by their large families

To encourage each other to care for the environment

These nature-loving sisters are using their time and shared passion to have a positive impact on the environment.

See how a pair of loving sisters and their gorgeous dogs are helping to regrow forests

To use their impressive skills to serve others

This family of medical professionals spent years studying so that they could care for others. With all six siblings donning a white coat, that’s a lot of people the Okpalekes can serve, and all in God’s name.

Inspiring photo of 6 siblings in the medical profession goes viral

To grow (very) old together

A family recently became Guinness World Record holders for their staggering ages. With a combined 1,042 years, the D’Cruz family have leaned on their Catholic faith to supported each other and achieve such impressive long lives.

Meet the family of 12 siblings with a very special Guinness World Record

To spread the joy of music

One of the many blessings of having siblings is being able to have a ready-made band (well, if you’re musically inclined!). The Byrne Brothers have bonded over their joint love of music and have now notched up millions of fans.

Irish family band wows millions with their musical talent


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