Pope calls for families worldwide to imitate the Holy Family of Nazareth

 An invitation to prayer “for all the families of the world” so they may imitate “the Holy Family of Nazareth” was the main theme of  Pope Benedict XVI’s reflection as the Catholic Church celebrates the feast day of the Holy Family. “Imitating the Holy Family of Nazareth, – prayed the pope – may parents seriously concern themselves about the growth and education of their children, so that they may mature as responsible and honest citizens, without ever forgetting that faith is a precious gift to be nourished in their children through personal example. At the same time we pray that every child is welcomed as a gift from God, is sustained by the love of the father and mother in order to advance as the Lord Jesus “in wisdom and age and favour before God and man ” (Lk 2: 52). The love, loyalty and dedication of Mary and Joseph are an example for all Christian couples who are neither the friends nor masters of their children’s lives, but the guardians of this incomparable gift from God.”

“I wish for all Christian families – he concluded – to live in the presence of God with the same love and the same joy as the family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph.”

Read the full text of the Pope’s reflection on this link:  http://www.zenit.org/article-36255?l=english



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