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<< Saturday, February 28, 1998 >>
 
Isaiah 58:9-14
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Psalm 86 Luke 5:27-32
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RESTORING RUINED FAMILIES

 
"They shall call you, 'Restorer of ruined homesteads.' " —Isaiah 58:12
 

Family life has been in disarray for many years. We like to think that the families of the last generation were better than the families of today. Even if this is true, "better" does not mean "good." Look at the alcoholism, abuse, and racism which has characterized so many families for many generations. Family life has been and continues to be in ruins.

However, the good news for this Lent is: "The ancient ruins shall be rebuilt for your sake, and the foundations from ages past you shall raise up; 'Repairer of the breach,' they shall call you, 'Restorer of ruined homesteads' " (Is 58:12). If we let Jesus be the Lord of Lent, if we imitate His forty day fast, if we repent of our sins, if we accept the Lord's grace to forgive one another, and if we believe that nothing is impossible with God (Lk 1:37), then the ancient ruins of family life will be repaired and rebuilt.

The Lord has decided to make holy families, who will lead the Church into the third millennium and prepare the world for His final coming. The devil has been trying to prevent the Lord from restoring these families and making them holy. Although Satan has been able to ruin some families and to delay the fulfillment of God's plan for family life, Satan cannot stop God. The Lord is making holy families, and this Lent He is making them even from broken and ruined families. Be a part of the family-miracle the Lord is doing at this moment.

 
Prayer: Father, through the intercession of Mary and Joseph, make our families holy.
Promise: "Leaving everything behind, Levi stood up and became His follower." —Lk 5:28
Praise: Juan and Rosita separated after many difficult years of marriage. While they were apart, Pablo parked his car in front of their house during his lunch hour and prayed for their reunion each week for over a year until they reconciled.
 
 
 
Nihil obstat: Reverend Robert L. Hagedorn, July 26, 1997
Imprimatur: †Most Reverend Carl K. Moeddel, Vicar General and Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, July 29, 1997
 
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