Tag: Family

Friday 23rd September: What Makes a Happy Family?

The Sign of the Cross

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Reflection

The Catholic Church teaches that family is important. What if my family isn’t ideal or perfect? Bishop Don, an American Bishop, shares some great overviews on how virtually anyone can enjoy a happy home life.

Prayer for Our Families

Heavenly Father, Please shine your light upon my family. Give us strength to overcome all of the difficulties that we are dealing with now and protect us against any and all problems we may encounter in the future. O Lord, please bring us together as we are meant to be. May the love that binds us only grow stronger as we fulfill the destiny you have laid out for us.

Grant my family forgiveness for any sins we have committed. May we also forgive one another Lord, as it is sometimes difficult to do.

Bless us Lord, In your name I pray, Amen

We turn to Mary, Mother of Jesus, asking her to pray for us and for our families:

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee; blessed art thou amongst women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of death. Amen.

Our Lady Queen of Peace, pray for us

St Joseph, pray for us.

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

 

Tuesday 20th September: Family Joy & Sorrow

The Sign of the Cross

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen

Reflection

The closing scene of a devastated man resting his weary head on his wife’s pregnant form, finding renewal through the heartbeats of his unborn child, has moved millions around the world.

(Please be aware this clip touches on bereavement –  clip ends at 2.17)

Simon Cowell, infamous for his blunt and often insulting criticisms of performers, wiped away tears at the story’s end. The story’s message is simple yet profound: Where there’s life, there’s hope. The young life inside the mother’s womb is able to draw the broken man out of the ashes, giving him reason to live, reason to hope, reason to believe. The quality of relationship he experienced with his mother he must now pass on to his child.

This was the second occassion the Hungarian shadow-act troupe ‘Attraction’ projected a life-affirming message. In April the troupe danced the story of a man and woman falling in love, marrying, and creating a baby by their love. That story also depicted family as a beautiful community that welcomes and treasures new life.

Prayer

The words of the accompanying song by Leona Lewis are inspired by a famous prayer called ‘Footprints’ :

One night I dreamed a dream.
As I was walking along the beach with my Lord.
Across the dark sky flashed scenes from my life.
For each scene, I noticed two sets of footprints in the sand,
One belonging to me and one to my Lord.

After the last scene of my life flashed before me,
I looked back at the footprints in the sand.
I noticed that at many times along the path of my life,
especially at the very lowest and saddest times,
there was only one set of footprints.

This really troubled me, so I asked the Lord about it.
“Lord, you said once I decided to follow you,
You’d walk with me all the way.
But I noticed that during the saddest and most troublesome times of my life,
there was only one set of footprints.
I don’t understand why, when I needed You the most, You would leave me.”

He whispered, “My precious child, I love you and will never leave you
Never, ever, during your trials and testings.
When you saw only one set of footprints,
It was then that I carried you.”

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Monday 19th September: Family

The Sign of the Cross

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen

Reflection

‘Few are born to do the great work of the world, but the work that all can do is to make a small home circle brighter and better’ – George Eliot (Victorian novelist)

Family can mean brothers and sisters who fight with us, parents who annoy us and relations who patronise us but still, the love we experience in our family is the bedrock of life. In a recent survey, 59 per cent of 16 to 24-year-olds polled said that “looking after family” was to them the most important moral issue. That is a very hopeful sign because the family is the basic building block of society. When there is a crisis family members usually pull together. Family means ‘belonging’. It means being part of a group that is special to us and to whom we are special.

Family is important to us, because it is important to God. God is family in fact: the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. When we make the sign of the cross each day, we can remember that we are a part of that family. We are called to be beloved sons and daughters in the family of God.

Prayer

Lord, thank you for making me part of a family. Help me to grow in love with them through good times and bad. Amen

We turn to Mary, Mother of Jesus, asking her to pray for us:

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee; blessed art thou amongst women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of death. Amen.

Our Lady Queen of Peace, pray for us

St Joseph, pray for us.

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.