Friday, December 30, 2005

The Holy Family: School of Holiness

On the sixth day of Christmas, we celebrate the feast of the Holy Family. Jesus, Mary and Joseph, we love you, save souls!

The holiness of the family is the chief way and the necessary path to construct a new and better society, and restore hope for the future to a world oppressed by so many threats. Therefore, may Christian families of today be able to learn in the school of the Holy Family, that center of love and limitless giving. The Son of God became small and like all those born of woman he received a mother's continual care. Mary, ever a virgin, daily dedicated her own life to the sublime mission of motherhood, and for this also all nations today call her blessed. Joseph, appointed to protect the mystery of the divine sonship of Jesus and the virginal motherhood of Mary, fulfilled his role conscientiously in silence and obedience to the divine will. What a school! What a mystery!

We must rediscover the living meaning of the human and Christian prerogative of the family and its undeniable function: to be a community profoundly united in love so as to offer the new life a warm and secure nest in which the new human being can be taught to esteem himself and others, to recognize true values, and to know and love the heavenly Father, "from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named" (Eph 3:15).

Dear brothers and sisters, let us pray to Jesus, Mary and Joseph that everywhere the unequalled gift of the sanctity of the family will be reborn.

-Pope John Paul II, feast of the Holy Family, Dec. 27, 1987.

(Priests For Life)

4 Comments:

Blogger antonia said...

beautiful!

4:47 AM  
Blogger Saint Peter's helpers said...

Amen!

1:45 PM  
Blogger Carmel said...

thank you for that beautiful post, also thanks for the link and I didnt get up at 4am! I missed out I know but was so tired, that's no excuse though! but I do now have the link and can watch future things which I couldnt before, so thank you again!

4:07 PM  
Blogger Saint Peter's helpers said...

You're welcome Carmel. Don't worry, I'll try to post it later so you can view it. I believe you can still get the blessing even if it's from a delayed telecast.

Enjoy New Year's Eve! Be safe.

6:28 PM  

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