Catholics tend to focus so much on Jesus and Mary that we forget the holiness of the family unit. But in fact, the family is the foundation of the Church and society at large.
It breaks my heart to see the diminishing of families through divorce and avoiding children. It feels like we’re destroying the purpose of being human.
So today we celebrate the Holy Family, and indeed, all families.
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We celebrate the presentation of Jesus as a newborn in January, but here we have the wonderful opportunity to reflect on His mother’s birth.
November 21st is the celebration of when Anne and Joachim’s presentation of their newborn daughter Mary to the Lord. She was created as the future Temple of the Lord.
What happened at this point? Well, we have no documentation – we barely know her parents’ names.
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I try to help the poor in my community. I do.
But it seems so mechanical, so impersonal. I struggle to make the time to go out of my way, even a little.
Perhaps we all have this feeling.
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I am always in the presence of God. But do I notice?
I’m too busy. I’m in my head, or in my hands, but rarely do I have my mind with God.
My daily rosary has helped a lot, but still … I wander.
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I’ve heard that the greatest of all sins is pride – because every other sin, in some way, is built on that foundation of sand.
When I look around my life, I see pride crop up everyplace, to the point where I can become disheartened.
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The Lord is near the brokenhearted; he delivers those who are discouraged. Psalm 34:18
Being humble is easy to talk about, but not to do.
My child, conduct your affairs with humility,Sirach 3:17-20
and you will be loved more than a giver of gifts.
Humble yourself the more, the greater you are,
and you will find favor with God.
For great is the power of the Lord;
by the humble He is glorified.
The way I think about it, humility isn’t about bargaining with God so that I can get the Big Payout at the end of my life. That isn’t humility all.
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Reading Jesus entered a village Luke 10:38-39
where a woman whose name was Martha welcomed Him.
She had a sister named Mary
who sat beside the Lord at his feet listening to Him speak.
It always seemed to me that the Gospel stories have an absolute abundance of Marys! No doubt it was a popular name then as it is now.
Perhaps it’s because Mary can represent all of us, not just the mother of our Lord.
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It is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.Ephesians 2:8-10
This concept gives me pause.
If we are God’s handiwork, then that means that I myself am God’s work. And since God is perfect, then he intentionally created me as I am.
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Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. John 14:27
Our world certainly doesn’t seem peaceful. The news is more and more stressful every day, trying to drive me nuts.
Time to check out of the daily disaster feed and return to my Rock, my Savior.
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The metaphor of sheep and shepherd keeps cropping up in Jesus’ teachings.
When I first noticed this, it almost seemed offensive. After all, people keep telling me that sheep are rather stupid, and without a shepherd they’d quickly devolve into chaos.
OK, that’s maybe a little more accurate than I had hoped.
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