Today is a great feast for families! The Feast of the Holy Family is both a celebration of marriage and children and a reminder of our call as Christian families. It is an occasion to remember those beautiful words of our dear John Paul II, “Family, Become what you are!”
Familiaris ConsortioPART THREETHE ROLE OF THE CHRISTIAN FAMILYFamily, Become What You Are
17. The family finds in the plan of God the Creator and Redeemer not only its identity, what it is, but also its mission, what it can and should do. The role that God calls the family to perform in history derives from what the family is; its role represents the dynamic and existential development of what it is. Each family finds within itself a summons that cannot be ignored, and that specifies both its dignity and its responsibility: family, become what you are.
Thus, with love as its point of departure and making constant reference to it, the recent Synod emphasized four general tasks for the family:1) forming a community of persons;2) serving life;3) participating in the development of society;4) sharing in the life and mission of the Church.+ Pope John Paul II++++++++++++++++++++
I think it is time for us to read, or read again, Familiaris Consortio. It is a most beautiful document which contains our calling and gives us direction as families. May God bless your family and your home in this new year.
Family, become what you are!