Prayer of the Day

Feast of The Holy Family

December 29th, 2013
""And Joseph got up and took the child and his mother with him and left that night for Egypt where he stayed until Herod was dead."" Matthew 3 : 13
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What a nightmare for the Holy Family!   They must leave their lovely familiar home and travel to a foreign pagan land.  Just imagine it.   How were they to travel ?   No cars,  buses,  trains or planes.  Just a donkey !  Did they fear Herod would send some soldiers to arrest them ?   Would Joseph find a house and work in Egypt ?   Trusting in God,  they set out.   This was a journey of faith.

Every family is a copy of the Holy Family.   The family is the domestic Church in embryo.   As the family is,  so is the Church.  That is where the faith is taught and practised.  The home ought to be a place of mutual love and respect.  That love is the sign of God’s presence.  Faith begins here and grows to maturity.   The Rosary priest Fr. Peyton once famously said; “The family that prays together stays together.”

Prayer Let us pray to the Holy Family that our families may grow in love and wisdom every day. May they be a sign of the presence of God's love in our homes and country. Amen