Dec. 30, 2016 (Feast of the Holy Family)

The Feast of the Holy Family is unique in that it celebrates Jesus, Mary, and Joseph (the entire family). It shows their role as models for family life in accordance with the dictates of God. While this unity of the Holy Family is an ideal that sometimes may seem to be unattainable, we must, as Pope Francis stated: “Not lose confidence in the family.” He stressed the need to open the hearts of each member of the family to one another. The institution of the family has been under attack by society for some time. This Feast puts the family back into focus for us as how family life should be. “Lord, for the joys and challenges of family life, we thank You.”

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