Holy Family

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Thursday, January 27, 2011

Feast of Saint Angela Merici

Good morning.  As I write this it is quite dark outside, and just minutes ago it was nearly as dark in the house, but with a flip of a switch I was able to see my way.  In the Gospel of Mark from this morning’s Mass Jesus instructs that we need to be about letting our light shine, not to hide it under a basket (Mk 4:21-25).  He says we are to use the gifts God has given us.  The light that came as a result of my flipping the light switch came as a result of a series of things that leads back to other people who work hard to keep generators running and others who maintain the lines to our house, it doesn’t just happen.  There is much time and talent behind the creation of that light.  If those people stopped doing what they do there would be no light in my house right now.  Our lives are no different than the light that came as a result of my flipping that light switch. It requires work to bring the light.

As parents, it is our job to assure that our children are able to light their way through a world that can at times be quite dark.  Each of our children are given particular talents and it is our jobs as parents to instruct our children in a way that they are able and willing to best put those talents to use.  Saint Angela Merici, the Saint whose life we commemorate today said: “Disorder in society is the result of disorder in the family.”  Not too long ago our late Pontiff, John Paul II echoed those words of Saint Angela noting: “As the family goes, so goes the nation and so goes the whole world in which we live.”   As parents we have an enormous responsibility, yet at the same time as loving teachers of our children we are given the opportunity to make a difference; we are given the opportunity to send light into the darkness.  If as parents we persevere in our task of educating our children with love, and with faith in Our Lord, we can make a difference. What will you do today to make the world a brighter place? Make a great day! 

Today we recall the good life, gifts and works of Saint Angela Merici.

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