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Reflections of Family and Faith
"The family that prays together stays together." - Venerable Patrick Peyton
Celebrating family life | Seasonal Reflections
One of our grandsons recently celebrated his tenth birthday. On the eve of his big day, I pointed out that he was adding a digit to his age and would do so again when he turned one hundred. It was an interesting thought! I also mentioned that my tenth birthday was in 1960. After a few moments, he observed that I was born in 1950. We pay attention to the number of our age. When we turn multiples of five or ten, we attribute greater significance. Of course, every year is significant.
Probably at some time, we have all had the experience of being inspired by a speaker’s words. Perhaps their passion, depth of knowledge, insight, or how they expressed some life wisdom touched a chord deep within us. Maybe it occurred to us, “I never thought this way before.” Our way of thinking experienced a conversion.
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During our children’s time in elementary school, there was always something happening – a full calendar of things to anticipate. We supported them through book reports, spelling tests, math problems, poems to memorize, and performances to prepare. There were also faith matters, prayers to remember, holiness to embrace, and mysteries to ponder.
Around here, so far, it has been a comparatively mild winter. While many regions have had significant snows, we have been spared. There are weeks of winter to go. Years ago, when our children were in grade school during the wintertime, sometimes there would be a mid-morning burst of storminess. Snow would move in, and adjusted weather forecasts would call for more of the same throughout the day. It was rare, but when conditions were predicted to get more challenging, schools would dismiss early.
The recent holidays found us hosting family on a couple of occasions. For the past few years, we went to others’ homes for festive gatherings. This year, like years ago, we hosted children and grandchildren. There is great joy in seeing everyone and savoring the company of those we love. I think that whenever we gather around a table and share a meal, no matter the occasion, we open ourselves to the possibility of graced moments. To greet, host, serve, and converse are blessings.
From where do we get our sense of self-worth? I don’t think it is related to my social media presence. I believe it’s something deeper.