FEAST* of the HOLY FAMILY of
Jesus, Mary and Joseph
*The Sunday between Christmas and New Year's Day;
If both are Sundays, the feast is celebrated on December 30
“Jesus, Mary, and Joseph had only one life, one purpose: To glorify the Heavenly Father. That is what we also must want.
To achieve it, we have to enter into union with Mary and Joseph, share their life--family life, the intimate interior life of which God alone is secret. What happiness to be called to this life. Our love will consist in living with Mary and Joseph on the love of Jesus Eucharistic.”
St. Peter Julian Eymard
“The family finds in the plan of God the creator and redeemer not only its identity, what it is, but also its mission, what it can and should do. …And since in God’s plan it has been established as an ‘intimate community of life and love,’ the family has the mission to become more and more what it is, that is to say, a community of life and love in an effort that will find fulfillment … we must say that the essence and role of the family are in the final analysis specified by love.
Hence the family has the mission to guard, reveal and communicate love, and this is a living reflection of and a real sharing in God’s love for humanity and the love of Christ the Lord for the Church, His bride. Every particular task of the family is an expression and concrete actuation of that fundamental mission.”
Pope Blessed John Paul II
Jesus, Mary and Joseph, ora pro nobis!