Submission to God’s Holy Will

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Submission to God’s Holy Will

CHRIST tells you:

MY CHILD, I know all things because I made all things and keep them in existence. Whatever powers and abilities are in each person or thing, they were put there by Me. Whatever happens is foreseen, planned, and permitted by Me. My plan seeks your welfare, not just the welfare which your limited intelligence can see, but your truest and most lasting welfare. Continue reading

Feast of the Holy Family

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Feast of the Holy Family

Sunday within the Octave of the Epiphany

And he went down with them, and came to Nazareth, and was subject to them. And his mother kept all these words in her heart. And Jesus advanced in wisdom, and age, and grace with God and men. Luke ii:51-52 Continue reading

Instructions for the Catholic Family

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Instructions for the Catholic Family

The Catholic Family

The ideal of the Catholic family has been once fully realized. There have been many good examples, all more or less approaching the ideal. But all except one must be regarded as having failed, at least in some respects, to achieve the perfection of family life. That one, of course, is the Holy Family of Nazareth. Since, therefore, God has given us the ideal fully realized in the concrete, it is to that rather than the more remote symbols that we must go for our lessons as to what the Catholic family should be. The Word was made flesh to reveal to us the mind of the Eternal Father. In order, then, to learn the mind of the Eternal Father concerning the nature and end of the Catholic family life we cannot do better than turn our thoughts to the little home at Nazareth. Continue reading

INSTRUCTION FOR THE FEAST OF THE HOLY FAMILY

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INSTRUCTION FOR THE FEAST OF THE HOLY FAMILY
First Sunday after Epiphany

The Church’s Year
By Rev. Fr. Leonard Goffine

In the Introit of the Mass of this day the Church exhorts us to a joyous adoration of Christ by the following words:

INTROIT Upon a high throne I saw a man sitting, whom a multitude of angels adore singing together: behold Him the name of whose empire is to eternity (Is. 6). Sing joyfully to God, all the earth: serve the Lord with gladness (Ps. 99:2). Glory be to the Father. Continue reading

Mystery of the Vocation of the Magi: Part 6

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Mystery of the Vocation of the Magi

A reflection each day during the Octave of the Epiphany
by Dom Prosper Gueranger, 1870

January 12th: The Seventh Day
Within the Octave of the Epiphany

Having laid their offerings at the feet of Jesus, as the sign of the alliance they had, in the name of all mankind, contracted with Him, and laden with His graces and blessings, the Magi take their leave of the Divine Babe; for such was His will. They take their departure from Bethlehem, and the rest of the world seems a wilderness to them. Oh! if they might be permitted to fix their abode near the new-born King and His incomparable Mother!–but no; God’s plan for the salvation of the world requires that everything savouring of human pomp and glory should be far from Him, who had come to take upon Himself all our miseries. Continue reading