Reflection for the Feast of the Holy Family

St. Pius X | News
26 Dec 2020

Christmas is, above all, a family feast and while our thoughts are still centred on Bethlehem and the Holy Family, the readings of this liturgy deal with various aspects of family life.  Like any other worthwhile project, family life, to be successful, has to be given time and energy to develop.  It does not happen automatically.  Love, harmony and mutual respect, which are the basic ingredients of a happy family, have to be witnessed in action.  Example teaches best.  Attitudes of loving and caring, which are encouraged in the earliest days, have a deep and lasting influence.  Children become, in later life, what their homes have made them, and when they have learned to give as well as receive, they develop a growing awareness of others. This is an opportunity for young adults to reflect on the love and respect which they ought to show to their fathers and mothers, because kindness to parents is precious in the eyes of God. Family life never runs smoothly and today it is more difficult and trying than ever before. On this feast of the Holy Family we ask Mary and Joseph to make our families pleasing to God, to be the heart and centre of every home throughout the world and to put a new spirit into this basic unity of all society.