As family, we experience a flurry of events; a mix of emotions as a result of different circumstances. We are met with the good, the bad and the ugly at certain times. In all these, it takes great wisdom, courage and love to stick together as family and let go of past events that could easily pull us apart.
However, very importantly, it takes great communion with Christ to know what to do and what not to, in order to sustain family unity. Without His guidance, we are sure to fail in some way, somehow.
“Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths” (Prov 3:5-6).
Calling on Him through prayers, especially at such times when your family’s unity is threatened is all you need.
This prayer to the Holy Family works wonders. Joseph played His role perfectly as a Father, likewise Mary, as a mother and Jesus was nothing short of obedient to His parents. These three persons are worthy of emulation. In this season of Christ’s birth, pray to the Holy Family and surely, you will receive their counsel:
“O Jesus, only-begotten Son of the Eternal Father, well-beloved Son of the Blessed Virgin and foster Child of St. Joseph, we most fervently implore Thee, through Mary Thine ever-blessed Mother and St. Joseph Thy foster father, take our children under Thy special charge and enclose them in the love of Thy Sacred Heart.
They are the children of Thy Father in Heaven, created after His own image; they are Thy possession, for Thou hast purchased them with Thy Precious Blood; they are temples of the Holy Ghost, who sanctified them in Baptism and implanted in their hearts the virtues of faith, hope and charity.
O most loving Jesus, rule and guide them, that they may live according to the holy Catholic Faith, that they may not waver in their confidence in Thee and that they may ever remain faithful to Thy love.
O Mary, Blessed Mother of Jesus, grant to our children a place in thy pure maternal heart! Spread over them thy protecting mantle when danger threatens their innocence; keep them firm when they are about to stray from the path of virtue; and should they have the misfortune of falling into mortal sin, oh, then raise them up again, reconcile them with thy Divine Son and restore them to Sanctifying Grace.
And thou, O holy foster father St. Joseph, do not abandon our children! Protect them from the assaults of the wicked enemy and deliver them from all dangers of soul and body.
O dear parents of the holy Child Jesus! Intercede for us parents also, that we may bring up our children in the love and fear of God and one day attain with them the Beatific Vision.
God’s desire is for us to live in harmony “I appeal to you, brothers and sisters, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with one another in what you say and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly united in mind and thought (1 Corinth 1:10).