This Sunday’s readings emphasize the sanctity of marriage and the gift of children – very timely being that Pope Francis just visited the United States for the World Meeting of Families. I know that absolutely no family is perfect, and mine is no exception. I feel very blessed, however, to have the family that I do. We surely have our highs and lows, good and bad times, but we have each other. Most importantly, we have Christ as the center of our marriage and at the heart of family life. A few years ago, we consecrated our family to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Last year we renewed that consecration. It has made life easier in the sense that we have felt the extra grace and strength gained from this covenant. To learn more visit, you can visit TheAnswer4families.
I’ve assembled a list of some of my favorite quotes on the family:
As the family goes, so goes the nation and so goes the whole world in which we live. Saint John Paul II
To maintain a joyful family requires much from both parents and the children. Each member of the family has to become, in a special way, the servant of the others. Saint John Paul II
We must reaffirm the right of children to grow up with a mother and a father. Pope Francis
What you can do to promote world peace? Go home and love your family. Blessed Mother Teresa
A man should never neglect his family for business. Walt Disney
It is the duty of every man to uphold the dignity of every woman. Saint JPII
A Family Prayer:
Jesus, we ask You to grant Your special graces to our family. May our home be a place of peace, great love, and unshakable faith. Please protect and bless all of our family members – both immediate and extended. We pray for the souls of the deceased members of our family. May their souls be washed clean so that they may spend eternity with You in heaven.
Mother Mary, please pray to Jesus for our family. Shelter us under your mantle of protection. We pray for all the families of the world, especially those experiencing great difficulties. Help all families to grow closer to one another and to your Son, Jesus.
Blessed Saint Joseph, please assist us by your prayers in all the necessities of life. Ask God to always provide for our needs – both temporal and spiritual. Please pray for all of our family members that we may live a life pleasing to God, and experience the grace of a happy death. Amen.