St. Charbel Makhlouf (1828 – 1898) was a Maronite monk and priest from Lebanon, known during his life and after his death as a saint, mystic, and a great miracle-worker. He is also known for his holy wisdom, gleaned from a life of penance, deep prayer, and silence. One of the themes he articulated was the foundational importance of the human family in God’s created order and salvation history, and Satan’s attacks against it.
The war of the Evil One against the Lord is his war against the family, and the war of the Evil One against the family is the core of his war against the Lord. Because the family is the image of God, from the beginning of the creation of this universe, The Evil one is focusing on destroying the family, the foundation of God’s plan.”
– St. Charbel
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Consider the latest statistics regarding teenage obesity and diabetes. They are quite alarming and we should be taking them very seriously. Teaching our children to value their physical bodies as temples to the Holy Spirit means teaching our children proper eating, exercising, and resting habits. Knowledge is power and when we give our children the knowledge of proper diet, nutrition, and physical safety we are empowering them to care for the temple that God has given them.
“The parents’ mission to educate their children in the faith stems from the sacraments. When they teach the faith at home, it is the Church that is teaching. Their home is the domestic Church. Besides being a duty, it is a right…”
“The purpose of marriage is to help married people sanctify themselves and others. For this they receive a special grace in the sacrament which Jesus Christ instituted. Those called to the married state will, with the grace of God, find within their state everything they need to be holy, to identify themselves each day more with Jesus Christ, and to lead those with whom they live to God.” -St. Josemaría Escrivá
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How we pray every night as a family… Our imperfect family rosary:
it takes patience.
it takes flexibility.
and most of all perseverance.
“I think that Europe and the West must rediscover the meaning of the family by looking at the traditions that Africa never abandoned. On my continent, the family is the melting pot of the values that irrigate the whole culture, the place where customs, wisdom, and moral principles are handed down, the cradle of unconditional love. Without the family, neither society nor the Church exists any more. In a family, the parents transmit the faith. The family lays the foundations on which we construct the building of our life. The family is the little Church where we begin to encounter God, to love Him, and to form personal ties with Him.” -Cardinal Robert Sarah, God or Nothing
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“He spotted me one Thursday morning when I was checking out ROTC at Grand Canyon University. Months went by until he drove my friend and I to a volunteer event, during which I saw a church bulletin in his Jeep where I went to church and knew it was meant to be. He proposed on his birthday and a year later we got married on his birthday; I found a wonderful Catholic man.”
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“God always knocks at the door of hearts. He likes to do this. It comes from His heart. But, do you know what He likes best? To knock on the doors of families and find families that are united, to find families that love each other, to find the families that bring up their children and educate them and help them to keep going forward and that create a society of goodness, of truth, and of beauty.” -Pope Francis
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This weekend was one of the best of my life, as we celebrated a blessing of our marriage and the baptism of our babies. My journey through faith has been a long one, and it isn’t over yet. All I can say is the Holy Spirit had begun to speak to me in ways I could no longer ignore, and my instincts to return to #Catholic life were gently encouraged by many trusted friends and family members; Women I admire and relate to in both practical and spiritual ways.
Thank you to everyone who has worked through this with me, in big ways and small. Thank you to @stephshawjohnson for our endless conversations about using faith as a tool for good. Thank you @bkgru and @genevievelorraine for sharing both resources and encouragement and loving me from afar. Thank you @kristinasteginksimes for our brief but game-changing conversation about the possibility of being Catholic but also having a heart for social justices and varied political views. Thank you @mylittleclan for your constant and steady influence, for showing me the strength and energy that bursts through a Mother’s heart, for being a living blessing to my entire family. But thank you most to my husband, @kedricfrancis. Thank you for journeying with me through this foreign land, with your open heart and fierce dedication to me and our babies. In prayer, I once asked God to show me how much He loves me….and He showed me you.
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Such a beautiful video by @mylittleclan that we had to share it again 😊🙏❤️
“The child is the beauty of God present in the world, that greatest gift to a family.”
Unlike the worldview that children are a burden, Blessed Mother Teresa always knew that children are the “greatest gift.” It’s tempting to get caught up in our daily work, keeping up our home, chauffeuring kids to games and meets, or engaging in our various forms of escapism. In turn, we tend to forget that our children are true miracles and we must cherish every moment we are given with them.
Home may be where the heart is, but the heart should be at home with our family. Love begins in the heart – a heart that is open, annihilated of self, ready and eager to serve, and full of God’s goodness. We must choose to love those closest to us, which means that love isn’t contingent upon how we feel about our spouse or children moment-to-moment. Instead, love is willing their good by acting in ways that will eternally benefit them.
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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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