Christmas and Family

Yesterday was the “FEAST OF THE HOLY FAMILY” and, of course, the continuing celebration of Christmas.  We celebrate the Christmas season for twelve days.  The Christmas song “The Twelve Days of Christmas” was used as a teaching for Catholic Christians in England during the persecutions after Henry VIII.

 

There is a beautiful meditation in the Liturgy of the Hours for “The Feast of the Holy Family” taken from Pope Paul VI [from January 5, 1964] entitled: “Nazareth, A Model”.  Pope Paul VI began by saying:

Nazareth is a kind of school where we may begin to discover what Christ’s life was like and even to understand his Gospel. 

 

He speaks of three lessons that we can learn in Nazareth: silence, family life and work.  Regarding family life he says:

May Nazareth serve as a model of what the family should be.  May it show us the family’s holy and enduring character and exemplifying its basic function in society:  a community of love and sharing, beautiful for the problems it poses and the rewards it brings; in sum, the perfect setting for rearing children — and for this there is no substitute.

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