‘Spiritual Pilgrimage’ to the Family, the Shrine of the Domestic Church

Posted by: Mai | August 14th, 2014


Once again on, the our feast of the Festival of the Huts we go on a pilgrimage to our shrine where we trace the origin of the faith of our ancestors.
It is also a symbol of a special shrine, the shrine of the family and work.
The origins of that shrine are described in the Gospel, especially in the accounts of Matthew and Luke, and find their first expression in the home of Nazareth.
It is a shrine which integrally belongs to the mystery of the incarnation. It also belongs to the reality of the Church. It is the most common of all shrines, present everywhere in a certain sense: wherever human life is born and formed within the family and work community. Work has many forms, but it is there that we can rediscover the heritage of the home of Nazareth.
A strong family can be the cure for many serious, threatening problems; founded on the rock of religious and moral principles, it is an anchor of salvation capable of saving from shipwreck.
Christian families, should be the treasure and refuge of society.
Welcoming children as the fruit and seal of love. Every child who is born, with his or her unique identity, is a gift of the Lord and bears his image
Concerned for their moral and religious upbringing; seteing them off on their journey of faith with words, and even more, with example.
As the Holy Family was the cradle of the Church, so too every Christian family is called to be the cradle of lay vocations and those of special consecration.
Young people are looking for great, demanding ideals to dedicate themselves ceaselessly to the construction of the civilization of love.
Treasuring the great spiritual resources which characterize it.
Today they often feel forced to deal with an ambiguous, contradictory culture. Along with witnesses of love they see violence; their desire to build a better society, which the Gospel arouses in them, is countered by many consumeristic allurements which paralyze their every generous commitment.
They are called to make a choice, to choose what is perhaps the longer, more difficult path; however, it is the only one that leads to the heights of full humanity and holiness.
Christ is with them. Let them be led by him along his ways. to avoid the deceptive, dangerous shortcuts that lead to dissatisfaction of the heart and stifling of the spirit.
Let the young people be truly young through and through. Drawing back from the easy but tragic mirages of pleasure, money and power. God is youth and only the person who lives in him possesses the secret of youth.
This past week the international news has been about what is happening in Iraq. What mostly concerns us is Mosul, the biblical city of Nineveh. The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria gave the Christians until midday Saturday, August 9, 2014, to make a choice: convert to Islam, pay a tax or face death.
Friday, August 8, 2014, Patriarch Louis Raphael Sako, Chaldean Patriarch of Babylon, President of the Assembly of the Catholic Bishops in Iraq, appealed with sadness and pain to the conscience of all people of good will to save these innocent persons from death. By the time the deadline imposed by the Islamic State extremist group expired, the vast majority of Christians in Mosul had made their decision. They fled to the mountains, with the bare minimum that they could carry,needing food and water. Mosul had boasted a Christian community for almost 2,000 years. Now that they are no more, it is feared that their laanguage, Aramaic, the original language of Christ will die.
On Sunday, August 10, 2014, Pope Francis made an appeal for peace in Iraq before concluding his Sunday Angelus address. “The news coming from Iraq leaves us in disbelief and dismay: thousands of people, including many Christians, brutally driven from their homes; children dead from thirst and hunger during the escape; women who are abducted; people slaughtered; violence of every kind; destruction everywhere, destruction of homes, destruction of religious, historical and cultural patrimonies. All this greatly offends God and greatly offends humanity. You cannot bring hatred in the name of God. You cannot make war in the name of God!”
Following his appeal, the Holy Father led the pilgrims in St. Peter’s Square in a moment of silence and prayer for those suffering.
“I thank” the Pope added, “ those that, with courage, are bringing relief to these brothers and sisters, and I hope that an effective political solution on an international and local level can stop these crimes and restore the law … Let us pray to the God of peace, through the intercession of the Virgin Mary: Give peace, Lord, to our days and make us builders of justice and peace. Mary, Queen of Peace, pray for us.”
Meanwhile, From Father Z’s Blog (http://wdtprs.com/blog/page/2/) I read this: ISIS Sets Up Sex Slave Market to Sell Hundreds of Christian Women […] Witnesses reported that, of the 500 Christian women abducted from Mosul alone, the ones who were deemed attractive were taken to ISIS princes to be their personal sex slaves. Shoebat.com translated a statement from Red Crescent spokesman Mohammad Khuzai: “Elements of ISIS kidnapped women from the Yezidis and Christian as Sabaya (war booty slaves), and subjected them to be sold.”
Lord God Hear our prayers that the Christians in Mosul, and through the Middle East, who suffer persecution, we pray, Lord , shield them, give them comfort and peace in the midst of despair, that they persevere in their faith in the face of martyrdom, and for the Church to be the agent of hope and forgiveness. Amen.

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