"The Child's father and mother were marveling." —Luke 2:33
The holy families of today are walking through a mine field. One false step, and the family is blown up. Christian parents must be Josephs who know exactly when to leave and where to go. Parents must be divinely inspired and guided because today even more Herods are searching for their children to destroy them. Parents must know and live the Bible or they will be hopelessly confused, and their families will suffer. Family prayer has never been more necessary. Wives must be submissive and husbands must love their wives (Col 3:18-19). Now more than ever, children must obey their parents "in everything as the acceptable way in the Lord" (Col 3:20).
Today's holy families need order, guidance, prayer, power, and protection. Families need God, His amazing grace, and daily, if not hourly, miracles. Holy families, don't be discouraged. The Lord promises: "Those who oppose you I will oppose, and your sons [and daughters] I will save" (Is 49:25). "All your sons [and daughters] shall be taught by the Lord, and great shall be the peace of your children" (Is 54:13). This Christmas, let these words become flesh in your family (Jn 1:14).
Prayer: Father, may parents be hopeful and confident about their families' future and eternity because of Your saving love and almighty power.
Promise: "The Child grew in size and strength, filled with wisdom, and the grace of God was upon Him." —Lk 2:40
Praise: In the Holy Family Mary pondered, Jesus submitted to, and Joseph accepted God's will.
Reference: (Make a New Year's resolution to pray together as a family daily. Order our tape Family Prayer on audio AV 59-1 or video V-59.)
Rescript: †Most Reverend Daniel E. Pilarczyk, Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, June 19, 2005
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