How do we make society Christ-centered?
Joshua 24:15 “Choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.”
Joshua made a statement to Israel after Moses was gone. He also made a statement about his family that for his household they “will serve the LORD.” When a family determines to serve the Lord, the Lord is determined to be a part of that family. Families are stronger when the Lord is being considered before making decisions. This includes what movies to watch, what’s on TV, the Internet, in magazines, and whatever other media infiltrates the home. When the Lord is honored things will go well with that family. Like Ecclesiastes 4:12 says, “And though a man might prevail against one who is alone, two will withstand him—a threefold cord is not quickly broken.” When that third cord is God, then families are stronger and can withstand many of the storms of life.
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“When I think of Christian homes, I like to imagine them as being full of the light and joy that was found in the home of the Holy Family.” -St. Josemaría Escrivá
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Go to Mass EVERY SUNDAY. Strive to meet more than the minimum requirements.
If a man loves his wife he would try and be with her as often as possible and vice versa, not just twice a month. If we say we love God but don’t try to be with Him at least 2 hours out of 168 a week is that really love?
Out of 720 hours a month let’s try and be with God at least 8 hours a month and start getting involved in your local parish activities. The catholic church needs you! Wishing everyone a very blessed 2018!! Praying for all of you!🙏💒🕊🇻🇦
“On Sundays and other holy days of obligation, the faithful are to refrain from engaging in work or activities that hinder the worship owed to God, the joy proper to the Lord’s Day, the performance of the works of mercy, and the appropriate relaxation of mind and body. Family needs or important social service can legitimately excuse from the obligation of Sunday rest. The faithful should see to it that legitimate excuses do not lead to habits prejudicial to religion, family life, and health.” —Catechism 2185
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On the day of their children’s baptism, parents promise to “accept the responsibility of training” their children “in the practice of the faith.” This responsibility is to be their “constant care.” Parents are to “see that the divine life which God gives them (their children) is kept safe from the poison of sin, to grow always stronger in their hearts.” Let us reflect on these words to understand what they mean for parents today.
First, in order to accept the responsibility of training their children in the practice of the faith, parents must both practice and have knowledge of the faith. Today parents are blessed with easy access to
the Bible, the Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC), and faith formation programs for parents and adults. More important than materials, though, is the desire to deepen one’s knowledge of the faith by reading Scripture and the Catechism, and participating in various programs offered by our parishes or the diocese. Knowledge of the faith is something that continues to grow and deepen and is never complete until we enter into the fullness of eternal life. Hence the “constant care” for your own personal faith life will carry over to the “constant care” for your children’s faith lives.
Good questions for us to ponder in our hearts are:
• How well do I know and practice my faith?
• How often do I read the Bible or the Catechism, which are the essential sources for knowing the faith?
• How often do I learn more from some Catholic newspaper or periodical?
• How often do I participate in adult faith formation programs?
• How well do I know and understand the virtues and explain them to my children?
• If my children are in sacramental preparation, how much time do I spend each week teaching them how to pray, helping them memorize prayers or making it my “constant care” to ensure that
Knowledge of the faith is something that continues to grow and deepen and is never complete until we enter into the fullness of eternal life.
• How much time do we spend in prayer as a family?
In the united and holy family, Padre Pio saw the place where the faith can grow and develop. He said: “Divorce is the passport to hell”.
A young lady finished the confession of her sins. She received her penance from Padre Pio who said: “You have to immerse yourself in the silence of prayer and you will save your marriage.”
The lady was amazed since her marriage didn’t have any problems. After a long time, her marriage began to experience trouble. However she was ready to face the problems and overcame them and so avoided the destruction of the family because she had been following the suggestion that Padre Pio gave her.
This is me attempting to pray the rosary with my 6 kids with their dad on speakerphone.
Tonight was full of distractions… they attempted to go outside, to wrestle, to sweep the carpet, to pole dance, to do anything other than sit still.
In my head I contemplated why even include them… but then I remind myself kids will not remember what you say but they will remember what they see.
And even though my kids participation is not perfect, that is ok. It is more important that my participation is devoted, even while changing a 💩diaper… however that’s possible 🤢
Happy 100th anniversary of Fatima!
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Sent to prison at 16 for a violent assault, @markwahlberg’s early life in Boston also included various drug addictions and around 20 other run-ins with the law. Yet in his late teens the actor turned for guidance to his parish priest, Father Jim Flavin, and began to turn his life around. Now a devoted family man with four children, Wahlberg still sees Flavin as a mentor and spiritual director, but according to the actor, his most important relationship of all is with The Almighty…
On his extraordinary commitment to daily prayer…
“I don’t go to Mass necessarily every day, but I definitely go to the church every day. That’s how I start my day. I like to get in there for about 15 to 20 minutes. Say my prayers.”
“What does it bring you?”
“A very clear focus on what’s important, expressing my gratitude for all the blessings that have been bestowed upon me, and a reminder every day of what I need to do, of what I need to focus on, and what I need to stay away from.”
“When you pray, what do you pray for?
“I pray to be a good servant to God, a father, a husband, a son, a friend, a brother and uncle, a good neighbor, a good leader to those that look up to me, and a good follower to those that serve God and doing the right thing, and people that I can look up to and try to emulate.”
#ReEncounterChicago Young adult faith night on October 20 at #UIC.
Register at: reencounterchicago.org
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“Every threat to the family is a threat to society itself. The future of humanity, as Saint John Paul II often said, passes through the family. The future passes through the family. So protect your families! Protect your families! See in them your country’s greatest treasure and nourish them always by prayer and the grace of the sacraments.” -Pope Francis
The pro-choice movement which led to reduction in family size has resulted in more of them and less of us.
Even Muslims are not pro-choice, so it sickens me when i hear Catholics say they are pro-choice.Meanwhile, muslims are having large families, marrying christian women and having more babies, recruiting converts and having more and more babies.I urge fellow Catholics, discern well, marry and raise many godly children. Be fruitful and multiply