Today was the feast of the Holy Family. It is significant not only that Christ came to earth, but also that he came to earth as a member of a family. The birth of our Savior into the Holy Family of Mary and Joseph reveals the sanctification of family life. This is especially important today because of the breakdown of the family in our society. The Holy Family is a model for all families and is meant to be imitated. This new year, through the intercession of St. Joseph, I pray for the restoration of the family in America and the world.
Father in heaven, creator of all, you ordered the earth to bring forth life and crowned its goodness by creating the family of man. In history’s moment when all was ready, you sent your Son to dwell in time, obedient to the laws of life in our world. Teach us the sanctity of human love, show us the value of family life, and help us to live in peace with all men that we may share in your life for ever. We ask this through Christ the Lord. Amen.
“May the Holy Family, who had to overcome many painful trials, watch over all the families in the world, especially those who are experiencing difficult situations. May the Holy Family also help men and women of culture and political leaders so that they may defend the institution of the family, based on marriage, and so that they may sustain the family as it confronts the grave challenges of the modern age!” ~JPII, 2004