Pope Francis homily on Holy Family ‘Journey to a single goal together’ reflection from the ‘Soul Institute’

Pope Francis taught us yesterday on the Feast of the Holy Family, “How important it is for our families to journey together towards a single goal! We know that we have a road to travel together; a road along which we encounter difficulties but also enjoy moments of joy and consolation. And on this pilgrimage of life we also share in moments of prayer. What can be more beautiful than for a father and mother to bless their children at the beginning and end of each day, to trace on their forehead the sign of the cross, as they did on the day of their baptism? Is this not the simplest prayer which parents can offer for their children? To bless them, that is, to entrust them to the Lord, just like Elkanah and Anna, Joseph and Mary, so that he can be their protection and support throughout the day. In the same way, it is important for families to join in a brief prayer before meals, in order to thank the Lord for these gifts and to learn how to share what we have received with those in greater need. These are all little gestures, yet they point to the great formative role played by the family in the pilgrimage of every day life.”

How often in our families is everyone going their different ways? How many parents have a full time job just managing their children social calendar? Families are to journey together to a single goal. What is that goal? That goal is unity, love and peace.

Priests are also called to journey together towards a common goal. Rectories often resemble families today in that everyone is running around doing their own thing and it often is difficult just to sit down together and share a cup of coffee together.

“What can be more beautiful than for a father and mother to bless their children at the beginning and end of each day, to trace on their forehead the sign of the cross, as they did on the day of their baptism? Is this not the simplest prayer which parents can offer for their children? To bless them, that is, to entrust them to the Lord.”

One of the great joys at the hospital is that I am able to bless hundreds of people a week. Many people don’t need my great words of wisdom. So many people just need to be touched and blessed by the hands of Jesus working in and thru all of us.

Question of the day. Does your family journey together towards a common goal? Do you spend time blessing your children at the beginning and end of each day?

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