More Reflection on the Mass of the Healing of the Family Tree, We are One Body in Christ by Father Stefan

 

We are one Body in Christ and the Healing of the Family Tree

We read in the Catechism in paragraph 1476, “We also call these spiritual good of the communion of saints the Church’s treasury, which is not the sum total of the material goods which have accumulated during the course of the centuries. On the contrary the treasury of the Church is the infinite value which can never be exhausted which Christ’s merits have before God. They were offered so that the whole of mankind could be set free from sin and attain communion with the Father. In Christ, the Redeemer himself, the satisfaction and merits of his Redemption exist and find their efficacy.”

We also read in paragraph 1477, “This treasury includes as well the prayers and good works of the Blessed Virgin Mary. They are truly immense, unfathomable , and even pristine in their value before God. In the treasury, too, are the prayers and good works of all the saints, all those who have followed in the footsteps of Christ the Lord and by his grace have made their lives holy and carried out the mission the Father entrusted to them. In this way they attained their own salvation and at the same time cooperated in saving their brothers in the unity of the Mystical Body.”

At the Mass of the healing of the family tree, we begin by reciting the litany of the saints.  As Catholic we see the Saints in Heaven as our brothers and sisters in Christ. St Therese knew in her spirit that she was already in life a family member of the saint in heaven. This insight into the family of God carried her into death when she proclaimed that, “she would spend her eternity doing good on the earth and that she would send down to earth roses.”

She knew that we are one family and that the saints in Heaven truly care about us.  If this is true of the saints, it is also true of all the holy men and women that have died in our families.  When they look down from heaven they care in a special way for the people that were dear to them in life.

When I baptize a baby, I say to the family, “this baby is now a member of the family of God. God is the Father, Mary is the mother and all the angels and saints are their brothers and sisters.”

I also ask the parents after the baptism to go to the statue of Mary and entrust their baby to Mary – That Mary, as the baby mother’s, will keep watch and care for the child.

Let us look up and ask the great family of God in heaven to pray for us. May we ask in a special way for all the holy people in our families who have passed away to pray for us.

Love and Prayers

Father Stefan

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