This weekend we celebrate the Feast of the Holy Family. St. Paul’s letter to the Colossians points to elements that help to make a family holy:
- Compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience
- Bearing with one another and forgiving one another
- Over all of these put on love, that is the bond of perfection
- And be thankful
- Whatever you do, in word or in deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus…
Good words for us to live in our family and in our lives.
Another reflection that fits today’s Feast is entitled “Children learn what they live.”
If children live with criticism, they learn to condemn.
If they live with hostility, they learn to fight.
If they live with ridicule, they learn to be shy.
If they live with shame, they learn to feel guilty.
If they live with tolerance, they learn to be patient.
If they live with encouragement, they learn to have confidence.
If they live with praise, they learn to appreciate.
If they live with fairness, they learn what justice is.
If they live with security, they learn to trust.
If they live with approval, they learn to like themselves.
If they live with acceptance and friendship,
they learn to find love and God in the world. (Anon.)
What lessons have we been teaching in our homes?
Tuesday evening at 4:00 and Wednesday morning at 9:00 we will be celebrating mass for the Holy Mother of God, a Holyday of Obligation. Gathering together to celebrate the Eucharist is a great way to end a year and begin a new one. Start the year with prayer and continue to pray each day.