"I know of no better incentive for the building of a decent world than the possession of children who must live in the world you've built."
She's talking about adjusting to a post-WWII world, but I think we who feel like we're losing battle after battle in the culture war can relate to that threatening sense of despair. And we who are parents can relate to the truth she expresses here, that our children do inspire us to be better people and to work toward a better world, even while (or especially while) the culture seems to be falling down around us. I think of Charlotte Mason's thoughts on children and see that she feels much the same.
(As a side note, I read Anthony Esolen's "Reform and Renewal Starts With Us" this week and saw some comforting connections between it and Goudge's point. And though this is quite presumptuous, I think we could add Have Children and Raise Them Right to Esolen's list of Christian challenges. Because children are life-giving and hope-inspiring and a large part of what we're battling for--literally and figuratively--in the first place.)