In the words of St John Paul II “The history of mankind, the history of salvation, passes by way of the family”. Yet the family today is under attack in many ways. If it is to fulfil its mission, the family can turn to the Holy Family of Nazareth for inspiration and strength. In this meditation we use texts from St John Paul II, Mother Teresa of Calcutta and Pope Francis to consider:
The beauty of the Holy Family, model of all families
The attack on the family in today’s world
The vital importance of the family for the wellbeing of the spouses, the children and society
Some ways the family can model itself on the Holy Family and thus fulfil its mission more effectively.
Charity, as St Paul writes, is the greatest of the virtues (cf. 1 Cor 13: 13) but it is also one of the hardest to live. A big help in being more kind and generous is to see Christ in everyone around us. In this meditation we consider how:
Christ taught us that whatever we do to the least of our brethren we do to him (cf. Mt 25:40).
Our Lord showed us by his example how to love others and he gave us the New Commandment to love others as he has loved us (John 13:34).
We love others because God first loved us (cf. 1 John 4:19).
A pearl was a sought after jewel in the time of Christ, hence considered of great value.
Our Lord uses many parables to explain the kingdom of God, among them that of the merchant who finds a pearl of great price and goes and sells all he owns to buy it. For us that pearl is our faith in God, the light that gives meaning to our existence, that shows us the way to happiness both here and hereafter. In this meditation we consider:
The birth of Christ is a special time in the Church’s calendar. It is a joyful event that marks the beginning of our salvation.
From the manger in Bethlehem Jesus teaches us many lessons. In this meditation we consider the lesson of detachment from material things and comforts, which abound especially at Christmas but throughout the year as well. We consider that:
Jesus wants us to be happy but we will not find true happiness in material things
We were made for God and will be truly happy when our heart rests in him
Jesus teaches us much about detachment in the Sermon on the Mount
Pope Francis in his encyclical Laudato Siteaches us how to be happy with a simpler way of life
St Teresa of Calcutta shows us how detachment from goods is freedom
We can follow some very practical suggestions to find the happiness we seek
The parable of the Good Samaritan is a good example to follow in this Jubilee Year of Mercy
In this Jubilee Year of Mercy the parable of the Good Samaritan has much to tell us. It offers food for thought on how we can be a Good Samaritan to those around us. In this meditation we will consider:
The question of the lawyer to Jesus on what he must do to inherit eternal life and the importance of the question for everyone
How love for God and love for our neighbour are related
How our neighbour is everyone around us, no matter what their religion, race or nationality