Holy Family

Holy Family

Friday, October 28, 2011

Feast of Saint Simon and Saint Jude

Good morning. Today in the Gospel we read of the choosing of the twelve Apostles. The spreading of the Good News began with those first twelve. As parents it continues with us. As parents we are challenged to continue spreading the Good News with the daily instruction of our children. As parents we have the primary task of helping our children understand the difference of living a life of self-fulfillment versus a life of self-giving. Probably our greatest challenge is to raise our children in a way that they do not limit their faith to being a matter that is only lived out at a private level, but rather for them to live their lives in a way that it is clearly evident to all, that like the initial twelve they too are disciples of Christ. It is within the daily living as family our children come to know and appreciate what it is to love, to give of oneself for the common good, and it is within the family where they learn to spread this Good News in their lives outside their immediate family. If our job as parents is complete, and if society is to survive, our children will continue the task handed down to the twelve in today’s Gospel. As Blessed Pope John Paul II indicated in his Apostolic Exhortation, Familiaris Consortio, “the future of the world and of the Church passes by way of the family.” Make a great day!

Today we recall the good lives, gifts, and works of Saint Simon and Saint Jude.

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