Brothers and sisters:
As God’s chosen ones, his saints and beloved,
dress yourselves with sentiments
of profound compassion.
Practice benevolence, humility, sweetness,
Support one another, and forgive one another,
mutually, always, and more so
whenever someone has motive to
complain against another.
As the Lord has forgiven you:
so you do the same.
Above all else, dress yourselves in love,
which is the link to perfection.
May the peace of Christ reign in your hearts,
that peace into which you have been called
because we form one single body.
And live in thanksgiving.
May the word of Christ dwell within you,
with all its vast richness.
Instruct yourselves in the true wisdom,
correcting one another.
Sing to God with gratitude and your entire heart,
alms, hymns and inspired songs.
And everything you can say or achieve,
do it always in the name of the Lord Jesus,
giving thanks for Him to God the Father.
God had chosen to reveal himself by being
born into a human family and the human
family thus became an icon of God!
God is the Trinity, he is a communion of love; so is the
family despite all the differences that exist between the
Mystery of God and his human creature, an expression that
reflects the unfathomable Mystery of God as Love. In marriage
the man and the woman, created in God’s image, become "one flesh"
(Gen 2: 24), that is a communion of love that generates new life.
The human family, in a certain sense, is an icon of the Trinity
because of its interpersonal love and the fruitfulness of this love.
The Christian family is aware that children are a gift and a
project of God. Therefore it cannot consider that it possesses
them; rather, in serving God’s plan through them, the family is
called to educate them in the greatest freedom, which is precisely
that of saying "yes" to God in order to do his will. The Virgin Mary
is the perfect example of this “yes”. Let us entrust all families to her,
praying in particular for their precious educational mission.
Having come into the world, into the heart of a family,
God shows that this institution is a sure path on which to
encounter and come to know him, as well as an ongoing call
to work for the unity of all people centred on love. Hence
one of the greatest services that we Christians can render
our fellow human beings is to offer them our serene and
unhesitating witness as a family founded on the marriage of a
man and a woman, safeguarding and promoting the family, since
it is of supreme importance for the present and future of humanity.
Indeed, the family is the best school at which to learn to live out
those values which give dignity to the person and greatness to peoples.
In the family sorrows and joys are shared, since all feel enveloped in
the love that prevails at home, a love that stems from the mere fact of
belonging to the same family.
Excerpt from Angelus by Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, Feast of the
Holy Family, St. Peter’s Square, 27 December 2009
I ask God that in your homes you may always breathe this
love of total self-giving and faithfulness which Jesus
brought to the world with his birth, nurturing and strengthening
it with daily prayer, the constant practice of the virtues,
reciprocal understanding and mutual respect. I then encourage
you so that, trusting in the motherly intercession of Mary Most
Holy, Queen of Families, and under the powerful protection of
St. Joseph, her spouse, you may dedicate yourselves tirelessly to
this beautiful mission which the Lord has placed in your hands.
Prayer for the Family
Heavenly Father, thank you for the gift of our family.
Enlighten our hearts and minds that we may live
more fully this vocation to love.
In our daily life and work, may we reflect the
self-giving love which you, O Father, eternally
show with your Son and the Holy Spirit.
Let your love be evident in the peace that reigns
in our home and in the faith we profess and live.
May our family always be a place of generosity,
understanding, forgiveness and joy.
Kindly give us the wisdom and courage to be
witnesses to your eternal design for the family;
and grant that the Holy Family of Nazareth may
always guide our path to holiness as a family.
We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your
Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity
of the Holy Spirit, one God forever and ever. Amen
Prayer by Archbishop William E. Lori
The Holy Family (La sagrada familia),
by Nicolás Rodríguez Juárez (Mexico, 1667-1734);
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, California;
The Feast of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph - The Family, A Vocation of Love
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