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Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Feast of Saint Justin Martyr

Good morning. Jesus was aware that we would need ongoing guidance and so in today’s Gospel He makes a promise of sending the Holy Spirit. He was aware of the need for His Apostles to have this and He likewise was aware we too would need help in making the right decisions in our lives. As parents we rely upon the Holy Spirit to guide us in making the right choices in the parenting of our children. Blessed Pope John Paul II wrote of the role of the Holy Spirit in the challenging task of Christian parenting: “For Christian parents the mission to educate, a mission rooted, as we have said, in their participation in God's creating activity, has a new specific source in the sacrament of marriage, which consecrates them for the strictly Christian education of their children: that is to say, it calls upon them to share in the very authority and love of God the Father and Christ the Shepherd, and in the motherly love of the Church, and it enriches them with wisdom, counsel, fortitude and all the other gifts of the Holy Spirit in order to help the children in their growth as human beings and as Christians.” The most important job we have as parents is the spiritual formation of our children, and this requires courage and confidence in God through the Holy Spirit that we will make the right decisions as parents. In order to make the right decisions we must pray and listen, and have the courage to respond to what is revealed to us through the Holy Spirit. Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful and kindle in them the fire of your love. Make a great day!

Today we recall the good life, gifts, and works of Saint Justin Martyr.

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