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A sword will pierce your own soul too

Fr. John Thornhill, SM EMMAUS SERIES
Feast of the Holy Family Year B Today much is at stake, when what the family stands for is under attack. It is through sharing in family love and responsibilities that we find ourselves as persons. It is normally in the love and support of the family that we find the resources to face the setbacks of life.

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Living the Word
Living the Word
The aim of Living the Word is to help Young Adults hear and live the message of Jesus. Resources on the site are created by Fr Frank Bird, SM. The aim of the project is to help young adults hear and live the message of Jesus. He is currently working in the Marist Community in Okaihau in the Diocese of Auckland. New Zealand.
The Sacred Page Blog
The Sacred Page Blog
The Sacred Page is a blog written by four professors of Scripture and Theology, Michael Barber, John Bergmsa, Brant Pitre, and John Kincaid.

"A family of over 2000 years ago, what does it have to do with our families today? We may wonder how a family that lived such a long time ago, of the situation quite different from ours today, how can it be a model?  These are concerns which may be raised, appreciating how far apart, and different, our situations are from that of Joseph, Mary and Jesus.," writes Fr. Evans K Chama, M.Afr

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Holy Family (B)

Fr. Chama | Fr. Fleming | Fr. Kavanaugh, SJ | Fr. Hawkswell  | Msgr. Pellegrino | Fr. Smiga | Jamie Waters | VIEW MORE

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Just who is in my family?

Fr. Austin Fleming

One way to frame the question is to ask, on Holy Family Sunday, “Just who is in my family?” To whom does the door of my home freely open? To whom is it shut?To whom does the door of my heart open wide – and who is shut out of my heart? Who’s invited to sit at the table in my home? at my cafeteria table at school? Who’s welcome and who’s not welcome to the table of folks I lunch with at work? How freely and how wide does the door open in my thoughts when I’m considering the plight of the world’s refugees or immigration policy? (2017)

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Boosting our families today

Fr. Evans K Chama, M.Afr

Today we celebrate the Holy Family: Joseph, Mary and Jesus. How can this family inspire our families despite our different realities today? ome people would say, wait a minute! A family of over 2000 years ago, what does it have to do with our families today? We may wonder how a family that lived such a long time ago, of the situation quite different from ours today, how can it be a model?  These are concerns which may be raised, appreciating how far apart, and different, our situations are from that of Joseph, Mary and Jesus. (2019)

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Being a holy family

Msgr. Joseph A. Pellegrino

Today, we celebrate the Feast of the Holy Family. In our natural competitive attitude, we are tempted to look at the Holy Family as an ideal we cannot realize in our families. But, Jesus, Mary and Joseph had their share of struggles…The Holy Family conquered their struggles through their faith-life. This must be the primary concern of our families. Sometimes parents wish they had the financial resources of their neighbors to be able to provide more for their children. That is a great ideal, but do not forget, what children really need is a Christian home, not the things that the neighbor’s kids have. (2020)

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Do you treat your neighbors and community as family?

Jamie Waters

The Gospel calls to mind the African proverb “It takes a village to raise a child,” which highlights the role of the community in providing love and guidance for children to survive and thrive. Today’s readings are reminders that the family is a foundational relationship that must be nurtured, and the community is an extension of the family. The readings should inspire us to strengthen connections with our own families and communities. (2020)

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The cost of family love

Fr. George Smiga 

C. S. Lewis in a famous essay on love says that if you want to protect your heart from pain, you must give it to no one. You must enter into no serious relationships, not even with an animal. If you can isolate yourself from all relationships, your heart will not feel pain. In time, however, it will become incapable of feeling anything. If we choose to withdraw ourselves from relationships, we also choose to isolate ourselves from love and from life. What C. S. Lewis makes clear is that in the movement by which we open ourselves to love is the same movement by which we open ourselves to pain. You can’t have one without the other. Both thrive in family. (2002)

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Christ make the difference between BC and AD

Fr. Vincent Hawkswell

CHRISTMAS — The difference between BC and AD is the difference between darkness and light, oppression and freedom, war and peace, sickness and health, for God’s graciousness “has made salvation possible for the whole human race.” The current pandemic, serious as it is, is as nothing compared to our spiritual sickness before Christ; our healing from COVID-19, welcome as it will be, is as nothing compared to the spiritual healing that is possible because of Christ. Even now, God is using COVID-19 to heal us spiritually. On March 19, Pope Francis opened to us the Church’s treasury, which, says the Catechism of the Catholic Church, includes the infinite merits of Christ, the “immense” prayers and good works of Mary, and “the prayers and good works of all the saints.” (2020)

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God made flesh

Fr. John Kavanaugh, SJ

If anything, Christianity—and especially Catholicism—takes human flesh seriously. Our central mystery is the Incarnation —God’s “enfleshment,” the necessary condition for the life and teachings of Jesus, his redemptive death, and his glorious resurrection. God marries our human flesh and finiteness. In Jesus the eternal Word of God becomes wombed in time. Thus, we who bear his name and live his life are a people who see the transcendent in the particularities of names, places, historical events.


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What sort of person will my child become?

Fr. Charles Irvin

When you first held your children, when you brought the baby home from the hospital, when you survived that first night when your baby would not get to sleep, you probably asked yourself, how will I, how will we, deal with the challenges this new life is going to bring? Perhaps you are still asking yourselves that question. Certainly there is not a parent here who has not wondered: how can I be the best parent possible? What will happen to my child during his or her life? What sort of person will he or she become?…It is in our family homes that we learn a philosophy of life. It is there that we acquire principles by which we should live and relate to others. It is there, in the domestic church, that God is acknowledged, that prayer is learned, and devotion is formed. It is there that our soul is nurtured at the family altar, the family table in which we share a communion of food for the body, the mind and the soul.


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The family… unplugged

Joseph LaCombe

And if we don’t have time for our families, and can’t put things aside for just a little bit every night to have some quality family time, how in the world are we going to find time for God? If our families take the back seat so frequently, God is often in the trunk. And if we cannot find the time for God – saying a prayer before meals, reading some scripture instead of watching TV, or spending time with and listening to God in Adoration rather than thumbing through the internet and social media on our phones – then how can we expect to ever approach the type of family unit that was lived to perfection by Jesus, Mary and Joseph? (2017)

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Life Issue Posts

Christmas / Holy Family (B)

Lifeissues.net website  publishes  articles directly related to issues raised in Evangelium Vitae, and related homilies by Fr. Al Cariño, O.M.I., Fr. Tony Pueyo, and others.

The Real Meaning of Christmas

Al Carino

Christmas is about the birth of the long promised and awaited Savior of humankind.

The Reason for the Season

Frank Enderle

The Christmas season is definitely a time of happiness, a season to be enjoyed and celebrated. Yet we should always keep in mind that before Christmas was celebrated as a holiday it was celebrated as a holyday. Let us not forget who should be at the center of this celebration. Without Christ there is no Christmas. Jesus is the reason for the season.

Bring Jesus Home

Antonio P. Pueyo

God is love and this love is shown in Jesus. Perhaps this message penetrates the simple consciousness of the child and so they would like to bring Jesus home. We adults have to deal with the practical consequences of this demand, not in its litera sense, but in the sense of being a witness and disciple of Jesus. What happens if we bring Jesus with us?

The Light in the Darkness

Jeremiah R. Grosse

What came to be through Him was life, and this life was the light of the human race; the light that shines in the darkness…” Darkness calls to mind not only the absence of light, but the presence of evil in the world around us. It is under the cover of darkness that satan be believed to operate. The name given the satan prior to his fall from Heaven is Lucifer (Light Bearer), but after the fall he is simply known as satan or the devil and he operates under the cover of darkness.

Post-modern Family Stories

Antonio P. Pueyo

Thanks be to God, she was able to get a seat on the dawn flight. She had worked for two years in the big city. She has left her daughter to the care of grandparents. This Christmas she was granted a longer vacation. With her luggage is a big floppy doll. A week with her two-year old daughter and off she goes to work again. She is a single parent.

He is the reason for the season: completing the work of creation

Tom Bartolomeo

He is the reason for the season. We celebrate in faith, hope and love the joy of Christmas in a new garden to which we journey. “Come follow me” Jesus said to his disciples and to all of us