Speak Lord: Of family life

Holy Family Lisieux

The first psalm suggested for Sunday’s feast of the Holy Family (one for use any year another an alternative for Year B) celebrates the blessings of God for those who seek to live faithfully.

O blessed are those who fear the Lord and walk in his ways!

O blessed are those who fear the Lord
and walk in his ways!
By the labour of your hands you shall eat.
You will be happy and prosper.

Your wife like a fruitful vine
in the heart of your house;
your children like shoots of the olive,
around your table.

Indeed thus shall be blessed
the man who fears the Lord.
May the Lord bless you from Zion
all the days of your life!

O blessed are those who fear the Lord and walk in his ways!

Psalm 127:1-5

Following on from October’s Synod, the Church continues its reflections on family life and how best to support it and to learn from people’s experiences of family life. This weekend there is a pastoral letter on family life in which the Cardinal will invite every one to take their full part in the process of reflection, learning and teaching.

The text of the letter will be posted on this blog come Sunday.

In the meantime pray for families, especially over this Christmas time when many families face great stress!

Photograph of family tomb in cemetery of Lisieux with stained glass window of the Holy Family. (c) 2014, Allen Morris

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