On this Feast of the Holy Family we have opportunity to reflect on God’s great gift of family life by reflecting on the Holy Family. I would like to quote Blessed John Paul II, whose words seem as poignant today as they did in 1986. May God bless you and your families!
“”The family is the domestic church”. The meaning of this traditional Christian idea is that the home is the Church in miniature. The Church is the sacrament of God’s love. She is a communion of faith and life. She is a mother and teacher. She is at the service of the whole human family as it goes forward towards its ultimate destiny. In the same way the family is a community of life and love. It educates and leads its members to their full human maturity and it serves the good of all along the road of life The family is the “first and vital cell of society”. In its own way it is a living image and historical representation of the mystery of the Church. The future of the world and of the Church, therefore, passes through the family.”
“As goes the family, so goes the nation, and so goes the whole world in which we live!”
Blessed John Paul II
Homily in Perth (Australia), 30 November 1986