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Family: The Foundation of God

Family: The Foundation of God's Church – Weekday Homily Video

Strengthening family unity  |  Healing the family

Today's readings invite us to reflect on the theme of rebuilding and revitalizing the Church. But let us begin by recognizing that each family is, in and of itself, a masterpiece of God and a Domestic Church. Within the walls of our homes, we have the power to renew and strengthen the foundation of the whole Church.

Our Basic Foundation is Crumbling

In the vibrant mosaic of our faith journey, we are called to be like Nehemiah, who, in our first reading, was entrusted with the task of rebuilding the walls of Jerusalem. Just as Nehemiah faced the crumbling walls of the city, we see the basic foundation of our society crumbling with the avoidance of marriage and the breakup of families. And like Nehemiah, we too are called to rebuild.

Saint Francis of Assisi, whom we remember today, responded to the Lord's call to rebuild the Church which meant more than physical structures; it encompassed a revival of hearts and souls.

Praying Families Restore and Revitalize the Church

Today, we are called to rebuild our foundation, starting with marriage and stable families built on and sustained by faith. Our homes should be places of prayer, love, and learning, where we nurture our relationship with God and with one another.  

I remember when I was young, we would gather together each night to pray the Rosary. It was a special time for us to bond as a family and to grow in our faith. The lessons we learned at home, especially praying the Rosary, continue to help us to grow in our faith wherever we are in the world.

Loving, stable families who pray together can come together to form a loving, stable Church community which celebrates the sacraments together and provides educational and social opportunities for both parents and children to nurture their relationship with God and with one another.

Builders of the Faith

Just as Nehemiah and Saint Francis responded to their calls to rebuild, let us accept our roles as builders of foundation within our families. By responding to Christ's call in our own homes, we can restore and revitalize the Church.

I encourage you to pray for your families and to commit to being builders of faith within your own homes. Start by praying together each day, even if it's just for a few minutes. Read the Bible together, study the teachings of the Church, and engage in faith-based discussions. And don't forget to reach out to those in need within your community.

May the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph be our guide in this sacred task. Let us pray for the grace to be steadfast builders of faith, for in rebuilding our families, we rebuild the Church itself.

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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.