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Bringing up Children in the Family of God

Bringing up Children in the Family of God

Strengthening family unity  |  Celebrating family life

Today as we are celebrating the feast of the presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, we are reminded of Mary’s unique role in God’s saving work and how we might enjoy and share in it.


Recently, Fr. Willy, Fr. Gaspar and I visited a family with seven children, ages 13 years through three months, and their parents. When we left one of us said, “Being with that family was the best and the most fulfilling experience.”

The members showed good relationships and functioned smoothly. The home was filled joy. They eat meals together, say grace before meals, and do not watch television during their meals. We learned that the family prays together regularly. Each member, even the little ones has a patron Saint to whom they pray. They also know the stories about this Saint. In spite of daily chores and struggles, they seem to be having healthy relationships.

This family was showing that God is dwelling among them, that they are responding to His invitation as Mary did, and they are living as members of the family of God.

How do you and your family enjoy and share in God’s saving work?

About Father Pinto Paul, C.S.C.

Father Pinto Paul C.S.C., ordained a priest in the Congregation of Holy Cross in 1999, worked with tribal populations in northeast India as a missionary for ten years. In 2010 he came to the US for further studies. While working as a campus minister at Stonehill College, he assisted pastors in local parishes, led seminars and workshops for teachers and students in the US and earned a master’s degree in Educational Administration from Boston College and a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership from Lesley University, Cambridge. He is currently working as the International Director of the Boston-based Holy Cross Family Ministries with missions in 17 countries.