Holy Family

Holy Family

Monday, March 7, 2011

Feast of Saint Perpetua and Saint Felicity

Good morning. In today’s readings we get a glimpse of how as people of God we are set apart from a world that truly is different from what as Christians we are called to be. As Christian parents it can be quite difficult to keep our children, or even ourselves, from falling prey to the ever elusive marketing hype, pressure of our peers, and celebrity expertise. There is a constant spin from sources all around us that often times have us questioning our own selves where it comes to parenting. Being a Christian parent in today’s world at times can be a lot like Tobit in today’s reading, where doing the right thing can be met with jeers and chortling. “The neighbors mocked me…” (Tb 2:8). As in Tobit’s time it can be difficult to keep focused upon the positive forces in today’s culture. And in the Gospel today we are reminded that the Cornerstone and all who follow Him will be rejected. “The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone…” (Mk 12: 10). As Christian parents we are called to model the hope of the risen Christ to our children and prepare them for facing a world that rejects the message of Christianity. It doesn’t take much to see and hear the messages that reject doing the right thing and reject our making the right decisions. This is why it is important that as Christian parents we need to personally attend to our own spiritual needs, to strive each and every day to put the Love of our Savior into everything we do so we may serve as models of Christian virtue to our children. With God’s help we can provide our children the fortitude to stand firm in their Christian beliefs. Make a good day!

Today we recall the good lives, gifts, and works of Saint Perpetua and Saint Felicity.

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