We all have some sort of a family. We thank God if we have a good family. Not every family is perfect like the Holy Family. Never the less we can strive to become closer and more loving.
Even if we have no family here on earth, we definitely have a huge family in Heaven. This family is invisible but active. It is, like we are celebrating in the Latin Mass Calendar, Holy Family Sunday. This family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph is our family if we have faith. Many people feel lonely. Because of our rebellion against God and His Holy Church. We use birth control to have fewer kids and the family decreases rather than increases. To fill this emptiness, our new family tends to be FACEBOOK relationships or my companion of my TV and computer in my room. Instead of connecting physically we get connected electronically by micro waves and internet.
There truly is a Family wanting to connect with us in Heaven if only we would connect by prayer. The telephone, the TV, the internet is easier to connect to but is not real.
The family is the foundation of a good society and country. That is why the devil has done so much to destroy the family. Sex before marriage, birth control, divorce, unwanted pregnancies, feminism, machismo, alcohol, drugs, pornography, greed, dishonesty, lies, have been the tools that the devil has used to destroy our families. How sad to see such small families. God wants very large families with grandpa and grandma and uncles and aunts, cousins and many brothers and sisters living close together in love and holiness. If there is sin, the family divides. If there is bossiness and selfishness, family members leave and look in out in the world for “family”.
On the greyhound bus the two hindu doctors I met both agreed that we need to be connected by family. They only had one brother or sister and confessed they really missed not having a brother or a sister. They told me they wanted to have a small family so that they could give them a good education and material goods. After telling them that is what makes children so spoiled and that what kids want is love from mom, dad and lots of family, they totally agreed. I went to their real life experiences to the fact that we are not happy with things. All we need is God and family to be happy. They agreed.
Now let us work on being humble like Jesus, Mary and Joseph in the Holy Family. Each one of us can make a difference. St Joseph was the head of this family. Imagine a man over Jesus and Mary. Yet that was God’s order. St. Joseph was humble and good, he did not abuse his authority God gave him because he loved Mary and Jesus. The husband is the head, the wife the heart. We need each other. We need to appreciate each other. Praying together keeps the family together because it put God first in our families, then everything else falls into place.
The original author of this blog passed away in July of 2016. RIP Father Carota.