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Reflections of Family and Faith
"The family that prays together stays together." - Venerable Patrick Peyton
Healing the family | Why pray?
God meets us where we are and invites us to meet Him where He is! In the stormy circumstances of our lives, when we are gripped with fear and doubts, God enters into the place where we are physically and spiritually, and invites us to meet Him where He is, as Jesus did with Peter in today’s gospel.
Healing the family | Strengthening family unity
Some people read their horoscopes, others go to Facebook and see what their five hundred friends are up to. I look at the obituaries every morning and inclined to read the death notices of younger people, their educational background, their religious affiliation, and burial plans. There was a sad obituary the other day of a young man who was in his thirties. He lost his battle with addiction.
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As many of you know, I am blest to have lived at Lourdes in France for three years serving in our Family Rosary mission there. I’m looking forward to returning for a month in September, Lord willing. I have seen the place up close, so I can say that there have been thousands of physical healings – cures! It’s the real deal. Yet one could counter: there have been millions of sick people who have visited Lourdes. What about the rest of them?
Today’s first reading from the Book of Kings picks up where we left off yesterday. In case you missed it, King Ahab desired the land of Naboth, an ordinary God-fearing man. However, Naboth believed it would go against his relationship with God to part with this land, and so he refused.
Healing the family | Learn more about our faith
There is a family that I knew well. Two adult married brothers living in adjoining homes. The entire time I knew them there was a cold silence between them. They never spoke to each other and did not even recognize each other’s physical presence or wave to each other in neighborly greeting. I have no knowledge of the past offense or slight that set this enmity in motion. But it spread its toxic poison to their wives, children and friends.
Healing the family | Holy lives of inspiration
Yesterday, Father Willy pointed out that we’ve reached the halfway point of Lent as he spoke about the scriptures leading us to focus on encountering Jesus in this second part of Lent. It reminded me of a commercial for the latest cell phone.