Sunday, December 30, 2007

The Eternal Family Reunion

The Eternal Family Reunion : A Catholic Reflection:

"For your family to stay together for an eternity of Christmases, you must:

Repent of sin and decide to love the Lord with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength.

Talk to your family members about your love for Jesus.

Be in right relationship with family members. Honor your parents (Sir 3:2), be submissive to your husband, lay down your life for your wife (Col 3:18-19), disciple your children.

Pray together daily as a married couple and as a family (see Mt 18:19-20).

Forgive family members seven times seventy times (see Col 3:13).

Many of you feel very discouraged about the spiritual state of your families. Be instead confident that the Lord loves each member of your family, even to death on the cross. Jesus will change the hardest heart. Be hopeful.

PRAYER: Father, may I remove the plank of sin from my own eye so as to help family members remove the specks from their eyes (Mt 7:5)."

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