Holy Family

Holy Family

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Feast of Saint Vincent Strambi

Good morning. We discover within the Christian family who our Lord is and we find the will of God lived out. In today’s Gospel we come to see how important family life was to Jesus, and we especially obtain an understanding of the value His family had for Him and how they reflected who He was: "My mother and my brothers are those who hear the word of God and act on it." So too it should be with our own families, our family life should be a reflection of God in our lives and His will should be lived out in all that we do. 

Our family life in the recent words of our Pontiff should reflect “the voice of God, the voice of love speaking,” families should speak the “language of love” amongst themselves and with others. Our marriage and our family life should direct our attention and that of those we encounter towards heaven to which we are all destined. As family we need to be open “to the love of the Lord” and our lives should daily reflect His love for others. Again in the words of Pope Benedict, "It is in the family that we learn to live together, that faith is transmitted, values are strengthened and freedom is channeled to ensure that one day children will be fully aware of their own vocation and dignity, and that of others. The warmth of the home and domestic example can teach much more than words can say. This educational dimension of the family may receive particular encouragement in the Year of Faith, due to begin in a few months-time. For this reason, I invite you to revitalize the faith in your homes and to become increasingly aware of the Creed we profess". 

Too often in our current day culture it can be ever so easy to get caught-up in the snares of materialism, to the point of losing sight of what is truly important. It is easy to become entangled in the attractions of a culture which speaks to self-gratification and self-ennoblement. We need to look to the lives of the saints, such as Saint Vincent whose life we commemorate today. We especially need to heed the words of today’s first reading from Proverbs and stay clear of “chasing bubbles over deadly snares.” Jesus in today’s reading offers very clear direction for us and points to the family as the clear path to holiness. The family is where we begin our journey toward holiness and learn to become the best version of the person God calls us to be. Make a great day! 

Today we recall the good life, gifts, and work of Saint Vincent Strambi.

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