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Courage and Conviction - Family Reflection Video

Courage and Conviction - Family Reflection Video

Strengthening family unity  |  Celebrating family life

Today's reading from the Acts of the Apostles reminds us of the importance of courage and conviction in our faith. The Gospel of John reminds us that the one who believes in the Son has eternal life (John 3.36). As we reflect on today's scriptures, let us remember the importance of communicating our love and faith to our children. As parents, we are responsible for being role models and providing a foundation of love and trust for our children.

As one loving father once said, "When you tuck them into bed, tell them you love them just for being themselves. Say to them, 'I'm the luckiest father (mother) in the world to have such marvelous children. I love you not because of your report card, your talent, or because you're going to do a good job, but simply because you are you" (Clap Your Hands, Clap Your Hands - Sunday Sermons Preaching Resources. https://voicings.com/sunday-sermons/clap-your-hands-clap-your-hands).  

Our children need under-exposure to the constant barrage of social media communities and over-exposure to the Community of Love. They are watching us, searching for role models, and trying to figure out who they are. If we can show them that God's Holy Spirit of Love is in us, they will get a good picture of who they are and what they should aspire to (voicings.com).

The reading from Acts reminds us of the importance of standing up for what we believe in, even in the face of opposition. The Apostles were willing to endure persecution because they knew they were following God's will. We, too, must have the courage to stand up for what we believe in and to teach our children to do the same.  

The Gospel of John reminds us that the one who believes in the Son has eternal life. It is our responsibility as parents to guide our children towards this belief in the Son, to help them understand that there is a greater purpose to their lives than just the material things of this world.

So let us continue to communicate our love and faith to our children, not just through our words, but also through our actions. Let us be the role models they need. Let us teach them to believe in the Son and stand up for what they believe in. May the Holy Spirit of God's Love guide us all in our journey as parents and families.

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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 18 countries.