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Friday, January 1, 2016

Pray for Families (Love, Strength, Forgiveness)

Blessings of the New Year, Prayer Warriors!

Peace to your heart, as you begin anew.  Rest in the Lord and learn to love the treasures in His heart.  Bring this peace into your family.  Pray with them and for them. Together, pray for the preservation of family as Christ intended it.

No one should ignore or underestimate the decisive role of the family, which is the basic cell of society from the demographic, ethical, pedagogical, economic and political standpoints. The family has a natural vocation to promote life: it accompanies individuals as they mature and it encourages mutual growth and enrichment through caring and sharing. The Christian family in particular serves as a seedbed for personal maturation according to the standards of divine love. The family is one of the indispensable social subjects for the achievement of a culture of peace.  ...Without the family humanity has no future; young people in particular need to learn the values that give meaning to life, they need to be born into and grow up in that community of life and love which God Himself desired for men and women. -Pope Benedict

All families need God. Every single one. We need His help, His strength, His blessing, His mercy and His forgiveness.  It takes simplicity to pray as a family, simplicity is needed…. -Pope Francis

For this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, that he may grant you in accord with the riches of his glory to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in the inner self, and that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the holy ones what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, so that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. Ephesians 3:14-19

Peace, Joy, and Love,

Start the year off right.  Pass it on!