Today we celebrate the Feast of the Holy Family, making it a good time to discuss exactly why God created the institution of the family and what is intended in family life.
We can go first to the Catechism and dive right into what the Church teaches about the purpose of the family.
The Christian family is a communion of persons, a sign and image of the communion of the Father and the Son in the Holy Spirit. In the procreation and education of children it reflects the Father’s work of creation. It is called to partake of the prayer and sacrifice of Christ. Daily prayer and the reading of the Word of God strengthen it in charity. The Christian family has an evangelizing and missionary task. (CCC #2205)READ MORE
We have now reached the final Sunday of Advent and Christmas will be upon us shortly. The Catholic Church loves celebrations and has designated several days before and after Christmas for special periods of preparation and celebration.READ MORE
Continuing our journey through Advent, we’ll look at some of the tangible items we use to help enrich our experience throughout the season.
Let’s begin with the Christmas Crèche, or Nativity scene. The creation of the crèche is attributed to St. Francis of Assisi in 1223. At the time, St. Francis was a deacon and was visiting a small town to celebrate Christmas. The chapel where Mass was to be held was too small to hold all of the people in the town, so he wanted to create a scene outside as a visual tool to help the people celebrate the birth of Christ. In order to avoid accusations of making a mockery of the event or making too light of it, St. Francis went to Pope Honorius III to obtain approval from the head of the Church for his plan, which the Pope gave.READ MORE
As we continue our prayerful journey through Advent, this week we’ll examine the various feast days the Church has given us during the season to help enrich our anticipation of the coming of Jesus.READ MORE