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Friday, May 25, 2012

Pray for Family (Protect the Integrity)

Greetings Prayer Warriors,

Sometimes when I look at the state of families and family life today, I think Satan has the upper hand.  However, I know our consistent and shared prayer is a fierce and mighty sword.  We must remain steadfast.

I read something recently that I thought was quite interesting to contemplate.  The point was that because family life is important for the well being of society, it is the responsibility of society to support and strengthen marriage and family. 

“The well-being of the individual person and of human and Christian society is intimately linked with the healthy condition of that community produced by marriage and family.”

Public authority should regard it as a sacred duty to recognize, protect and promote their authentic nature, to shield public morality and to favor the prosperity of home life. The right of parents to beget and educate their children in the bosom of the family must be safeguarded. 
Gaudium et Spes 47, 52

This was published back in 1965, promulgated by Pope Paul VI.  Fast forward 47 years, and we see the effect of a society not giving credence to this message.  Family and marriage is not protected, immorality is rampant, and the messaging schools are now required to teach children is not consistent with good Christian values.

If we don’t’ speak up now, when?  Let your voices be heard out loud, whether it be to enlighten others, sing a song, say a prayer, or cast a vote.  Discern how you are called.  Carve out some time each day to pray for and promote the integrity of the family. 

But flee from these things, you man of God, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, perseverance and gentleness. Fight the good fight of faith; take hold of the eternal life to which you were called, and you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses. 
1 Timothy 6:11-13

Peace, Joy, and Love,

Protect the integrity of the family.  Pass it on.