Over that last few weeks we have had the Feast of the Holy Family, the Solemnity of Mary the Holy Mother of God, the Feast of Epiphany, and today the Feast of the Baptism of The Lord, and also last Sunday I was able to celebrate a baptism for a couple I married a few years ago. It wasn’t only the baptism with all the people that came for it that made me think of these feasts over this Christmas season, but also the gathering after and the family. There were many family members and relatives, numerous young cousins of the newly baptized running around (four of the bridesmaids were pregnant at their wedding), and they have a regular Sunday family meal together where the young cousins get to know one another. All of this as well as family gatherings I was able to be at over Christmas remind me how important family is in our lives and in our faith, in formingwho we are.
As it is Tuesday when I am writing this we also have Mother of Perpetual Help Devotions after Mass every Tuesday and I was reminded of how much I like the one prayer they have for families so I thought this might be a good time to share it with those who aren’t there on Tuesdays.
Mother of Perpetual Help, bless our families with your tender,
May the sacrament of Marriage bring husbands and wives ever
closer together that they may always be faithful, and love each
other as Christ loves us.
Help all mothers and fathers love and cherish the children God
has entrusted to them. May they always be models of a truly
Help all children, that they may love and respect their parents.
Inspire all people to value Christian marriage and family life.
Give us a sense of responsibility that we may do our part in making our homes havens of love and peace.
Mary our model, help every family grow daily in genuine love for
God and neighbor so that justice and peace may flourish everywhere in the human family.