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There is a beautiful blessing for the home on Epiphany (or near that date): “May all who enter this home find Christ’s light and love.” Visit www.usccb.org/christmas for the full blessing.
In their first post, engaged couple Katie and Tommy reflect on the common experience of a long, looong pre-wedding to-do list. While it is a hectic time, it is also joyful, and a great chance to grow in virtue together.
January is poverty awareness month. How can you as a family help the poor, especially those in your own community? At the least, remember in your prayers today those who are struggling to meet their basic needs.
“Go and search diligently for the child.” (Mt 2:8) Despite Herod’s evil intentions, his words in themselves are true. During the Christmas season and always, let us “search diligently” for the Christ Child through prayer and service to others.
For family prayer today, invite the pope into your home by reading out loud his Christmas homily, found on the Vatican website www.vatican.va. (Search under Pope, then Homilies.)
A great pick for the Jubilee of Mercy – gives insightful, fresh advice on how to live the works of mercy in marriage and family life.
Today on Mary’s feast day, ask our Blessed Mother to bless your family throughout this new year. “Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen.”
New Year’s Eve is a great time for a family “year in review.” What were some highs and lows from the year? How did you grow as a family? What do you hope for in the new year?
In his weekly audience, Pope Francis spoke of the Child Jesus and how much he teaches all of us about humility and faith. He encouraged parents and grandparents to learn from their own children.
Little gestures go a long way: buying your spouse’s favorite treat, complimenting him or her, and so on. These are all simple ways of re-affirming your love and strengthening your bond with each other.
It’s still a good time for a Christmas movie. Both “It’s a Wonderful Life” and “A Christmas Carol” have family themes that can lead to good discussion afterwards. Or try a new movie – check out the list on the USCCB website.
Today’s feast day is a stark reminder of the evil in the world, even after the beautiful event of Christ’s Incarnation. Pray today for all the innocent children whose lives are threatened by abortion, abuse, or violence.
Pope Francis encouraged families to go on pilgrimage together and to make their homes places of prayer, drawing from the readings for the Feast of the Holy Family.
“As the Lord has forgiven you, so must you also do.” (Col 3:13) A big part of being a holy family is giving and receiving forgiveness. “I’m sorry / I forgive you” are part of the daily litany of the Domestic Church. Never hesitate to say these healing words.
Don’t take down those decorations yet! The Christmas season has only just begun. So keep playing Christmas music and rejoicing with your family at our Savior’s birth.
“Today the Son of God is born and everything changes,” said Pope Francis on Christmas Eve. In his Urbi et Orbi message on Christmas Day, the Holy Father called for mercy and peace throughout the world.
“By his Incarnation the Son of God united himself in a certain way with every man.” – St. John Paul II, Letter to Families. Jesus draws near to you and your family. He lived in a family, and wants your family to be a little holy family too.
Spend time today amid the last-minute hustle and bustle to be prayerful and silent with your family in anticipation of Christmas morning. “O holy night, O night divine!”
Visiting extended family this Christmas? Consider proactively scheduling in time for a date with your spouse. Parents will have free and willing babysitters, and all spouses benefit from a brief time of reconnecting with each other.
Pope Francis encouraged Vatican employees to take care of their families and to prioritize their relationships with spouse and children.
Shorter days and colder weather mean more time inside. Resist the temptation to be always “plugged in.” Winter evenings are great for family time: games, chatting, looking at family pictures, etc.
Christmas can be a difficult time for those who lost loved ones recently or who are without a family. Is there someone your family could reach out to and encourage?
“When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the infant leaped in her womb.” (Lk 1:41) Infants and young children can teach us so much about joy, trust, and the important things in life. Pray today to have the heart of a child, and give thanks for the children in your life.
One week left to sing Advent hymns! Browse online or in a hymnal and learn a new song as a family. “Savior of the Nations Come” and “O Come, O Come Emmanuel” have simple tunes.
Advent check-in #3: Are you spending more time praying or shopping for gifts this Advent? There’s nothing wrong with buying gifts, but there’s also still time left to make Advent prayerful and Christ-centered.