So far since Christmas day we have celebrated St. Stephen the Martyr, St. John the Apostle, The Holy Innocents (the children killed by Herod after Christ’s birth), and St. Thomas Becket the bishop and martyr.
This Sunday we celebrate the Feast of the Holy Family, Jesus, Mary and Joseph.
All these celebrations are reminders that because of Jesus Christ, our own lives, and our family life is rooted in the unconditional love of God as witnessed by the blood of the martyrs and life of the Holy Family. May 2019 be a year in which we are rooted in the Love of God.
Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI on the Holy Family:
“The first witnesses of Christ's birth, the shepherds, found themselves not only before the Infant Jesus but also a small family: mother, father and newborn son. God had chosen to reveal himself by being born into a human family and the human family thus became an icon of God! God is the Trinity, he is a communion of love; so is the family despite all the differences that exist between the Mystery of God and his human creature, an expression that reflects the unfathomable Mystery of God as Love.
In marriage the man and the woman, created in God's image, become "one flesh" (Gen 2: 24), that is a communion of love that generates new life. The human family, in a certain sense, is an icon of the Trinity because of its interpersonal love and the fruitfulness of this love.”
Pope Francis on the Holy Family: “Let us remember the three key words for living in peace and joy in the family: “may I”, “thank you” and “sorry”. In our family, when we are not intrusive and ask “may I”, in our family when we are not selfish and learn to say “thank you”, and when in a family one realizes he has done something wrong and knows how to say “sorry”, in that family there is peace and joy.”
January 1st: the Solemnity of Mary the Mother of God is a Holy Day of Obligation
December 31st: 6:00 pm St Paul, New Lisbon
January 1st: 8:30 am St. Paul New Lisbon
10:00 am St. Paul New Lisbon
I will be traveling to California, I will be out of town January 2 -10th. Thank you, and pray for my safe travels. God bless you all.
God Bless you and grant you all a happy and holy 2019!