February – dedicated to the Holy Family

Garofalo; Holy Family; National Trust, Penrhyn Castle; http://www.artuk.org/artworks/holy-family-102351

There is so much we could say about the witness the Holy Family offers us. Shall we think about the Blessed Mother and Jesus the toddler? Did he climb on everything as a few of mine did? How about Jesus the preteen working at St. Joseph’s side learning woodcraft from his foster father?

Perhaps your own family could really use their intercession right now. Have the troubles of the world missed your family? Didn’t think so.

Over at Catholic Stand, I found a reassuring article:

I also found this wonderful story of St. Louis Martin, our St. Therese’s own father and his struggles late in life with mental health issues.


But, perhaps your family is enduring a time of peace and blessings. Have you been spared from any real struggles recently? If so, this month might be a time when you can dedicate your prayer time to intercede for families in crisis.

Ecclesiastes, Chapter 3, is our reminder that seasons of blessing and seasons of strife come and go:

“There is an appointed time for everything….

a time to mourn, and a time to dance.

A time to scatter stones, and a time to gather them;

a time to embrace, and a time to be far from embraces.

A time to seek, and a time to lose…..

What profit have workers from their toil? I have seen the business that God has given to mortals to be busied about. God has made everything appropriate to its time, but has put the timeless into their hearts so they cannot find out, from beginning to end, the work which God has done. I recognized that there is nothing better than to rejoice and to do well during life.”

During this month, remember that whatever season you are in, the Holy Family is there to console you or celebrate with you. They understand as they also endured times of challenge and times of joy.

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