Monday 19th September: Family

The Sign of the Cross

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen

Reflection

‘Few are born to do the great work of the world, but the work that all can do is to make a small home circle brighter and better’ – George Eliot (Victorian novelist)

Family can mean brothers and sisters who fight with us, parents who annoy us and relations who patronise us but still, the love we experience in our family is the bedrock of life. In a recent survey, 59 per cent of 16 to 24-year-olds polled said that “looking after family” was to them the most important moral issue. That is a very hopeful sign because the family is the basic building block of society. When there is a crisis family members usually pull together. Family means ‘belonging’. It means being part of a group that is special to us and to whom we are special.

Family is important to us, because it is important to God. God is family in fact: the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. When we make the sign of the cross each day, we can remember that we are a part of that family. We are called to be beloved sons and daughters in the family of God.

Prayer

Lord, thank you for making me part of a family. Help me to grow in love with them through good times and bad. Amen

We turn to Mary, Mother of Jesus, asking her to pray for us:

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee; blessed art thou amongst women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of death. Amen.

Our Lady Queen of Peace, pray for us

St Joseph, pray for us.

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.