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Peace in Families - Family Reflection Video

Peace in Families - Family Reflection Video

Celebrating family life  |  Healing the family

As we gather together today, let us take a moment to reflect on the gift of peace that Jesus offers us. This peace is not just an absence of conflict but an overarching sense of calm and assurance that comes from knowing we are loved and cared for by a God who promises to be with us always.


However, many families today face challenges that can make experiencing this peace difficult. These challenges include busy schedules, constant technology distractions, conflicts, and stress. But Jesus assures us that even in the midst of these challenges, we can find peace in Him. 

So how can we create a more peaceful family environment?

Here are some practical ideas: 

First, set aside time for rest and relaxation. Make it a priority to schedule regular downtime for the entire family. This could be a weekly game night, a family movie, or a day trip to a nearby park or museum. 

Second, establish tech-free zones. Consider creating specific areas in the home where everyone is expected to disconnect and focus on spending time together. This could be during meals, before bedtime, or on designated days of the week. 

Third, practice effective communication. When conflicts arise, it's important to communicate respectfully and listen to each other. Encourage family members to express their feelings honestly and work together to find solutions. 

Fourth, prioritize mental health. Make sure everyone in the family is taking care of their mental health. This could include regular exercise, praying together as a family, meditation, or seeking professional help when needed. 

By implementing these and other practical strategies, like cultivating meaningful relationships, establishing healthy routines, and prioritizing self-care and seeking help when needed, individuals and families can overcome the challenges that disrupt their peace and create a more harmonious and loving environment for everyone. 

In closing, let us embrace the peace that Jesus offers us. Let us pray together, read the Bible together, and support one another in our struggles. Let us also reach out to those around us who may be in need of our support and love. And may our families be filled with love, joy, and peace, and may we be a light to the world, sharing the peace of Christ with all those we meet. Amen. 

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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.