In the Holy Sacrifice, the Introit recalls the joy that must have filled the cave of Bethlehem on that Christmas night; let us again rejoice with Mary and Joseph and sing the praises of the resting-place of the Lord of Hosts: (Prov. I'm Lena, mama of JOYfilledfamily. The rich may learn that moral worth is to be more highly esteemed than wealth. They are our unparalleled advocates, and the consolation and reassurance they offer us amid our crosses is a supreme grace. If you are not able to walk along the sublime path of virginity, at least follow God by the very safe way of humility. Then the peace of Christ will dwell not only in our hearts, but in those around us, and our homes will truly become like that of Nazareth, where Jesus, Mary and Joseph were ever singing in Their hearts to God by His grace. And it came to pass after three days, that they found Him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the teachers, both listening to them and asking them questions. When Jesus, Mary and Joseph are invoked in the home, there They foster charity, there They exert a good influence over conduct, set an example of virtue, and make more bearable the hardships of every life. Both are amazing; both miraculous. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. Holy Family Votive Candles – 100% Pure Beeswax, Your purchases help support Virgó Sacráta mission: “. It puts our whole life in perspective. Truly then I savor not the things that are of God. How necessary it is to supplement embrace of the Holy Family with prayerful and reflective adoption of their attitudes and dispositions, however imperfectly. “And He went down with them, and came to Nazareth, and was subject to them.”, INSTRUCTION FOR THE FIRST SUNDAY AFTER EPIPHANY. Totally Faithful to the Sacred Deposit of Faith entrusted to the Holy See in Rome, we promote and defend Authentic Catholic Mass, Doctrine, and Moral Teaching. 1 Samuel 1:20-22, 24-28. But above all these things have charity, which is the bond of perfection. The one is not able to ascend to the spotlessness of the Lamb Who is without spot, nor does the other deign to descend to the meekness of the Lamb Who remained dumb, not before His shearers only, but before His murderers. And not finding Him, they returned to Jerusalem in search of Him. If we would attain to charity, the bond of perfection which unites all Christians together in the one great family of God, we must pay heed to those virtues which the Epistle puts before us. {127:6} And may you see the sons of your sons. The one is not able to ascend to the spotlessness of the Lamb Who is without spot, nor does the other deign to descend to the meekness of the Lamb Who remained dumb, not before His shearers only, but before His murderers. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. Translated from the French by Dom Laurence Shepherd, O.S.B. The feast of the Holy Family is a wonderful time for Catholics across the theological spectrum to renew their devotion to them. In the Gradual Holy Church again celebrates the praises of the House of the Lord; She proclaims the blessedness of those that obtain lasting fellowship in the heavenly home above; yet in the Alleluia verse She recalls the lowliness of the earthly home of our Emmanuel, which made Him truly a hidden King: (Ps. The Feast of the Holy Family is of recent origin. ‘Let the moisture,’ he seemed to say, ‘trickle over my limbs before they are drenched with the torrent of my blood, and the pain of this labor shall go to atone for the sins of men.’ Close to the divine Child is His tender Mother; close to Joseph stands his devoted wife, happy to relieve their toil and suffering by her loving care: O Thou, who wast not free from toil and care and who hast known adversity, come to the aid of the unfortunate, crippled by poverty and struggling against the difficulties of life.”. In 1663 Barbara d'Hillehoust founded at Montreal the Association of the Holy Family; this devotion soon spread and in 1893 Pope Leo XIII expressed his approval of a Feast under this title and himself composed part of the Office. Should anyone depart from this straight way—even though he be a virgin—he does not, the truth must be told, follow the Lamb whithersoever He goes. It started almost simultaneously in Canada and France. Should I, at any time, think such a thing, would that God would deign to answer me as He answered in rebuking His Apostle: "Get behind Me, satan... for thou dost not mind the things of God, but those of men." Numerous other congregations and associations under the patronage of the Holy Family have been established since that time, and they are spread over the world. — The Association of the Holy Family being founded in Montreal in 1663, and the Daughters of the Holy Family in Paris in 1674.