The Importance of the Family


It makes a great deal of sense that on the Sunday following Christmas we celebrate the Feast of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph. The Holy Family stands as a model and example to all Catholic families. All the readings for this day reflect the importance of the family and the qualities needed to make the family both holy and successful. Although we celebrate a feast day for each member of the Holy Family individually, this is the one which focuses on them as a unit, a family.

Stewardship should be a key part of any family – that is, the understanding that the family is a gift to be cherished by all, and each member of the family, as a good steward needs to play his or her part. Family life is at the foundation of our faith, in fact is the center of our Catholic society.

The family is one of the basic aspects of our stewardship lives. It is through love, humility, and kindness that each of us, regardless of our family role, makes an attempt to follow the example of the Holy Family.   We, like they, “bear with one another, and forgive one another,” and most importantly, love one another unconditionally. (Colossians 3:13)

God bless,
Deacon John