HOLY FAMILY

Holy Family                     More than fifteen years ago, I facilitated a retreat in which, in one of the activities, I asked the participants to complete this sentence: I want my family to be ______________________________________. I asked for three answers from each of them.             The top three answers I got from that informal surveys are: … Continue reading HOLY FAMILY

BIBLICAL FAMILY VALUES

Holy Family                     According to a study of more than 500 family counselors, the following are the top traits of successful families: communicating and listening attentively; affirming and supporting family members; respecting one another and developing a sense of trust; spending time with one another and sharing responsibility; knowing right from wrong and holding moral … Continue reading BIBLICAL FAMILY VALUES

WHAT MAKES A FAMILY HOLY

Holy Family                     Many people (self-proclaimed experts) will tell you what makes a family bonded, healthy, well-adjusted, integrated, functional, and peaceful. What is interesting is that they hardly talk about what makes a family holy. Should not this be our primary concern as a Christian family?             Today’s Feast of the Holy Family invites us … Continue reading WHAT MAKES A FAMILY HOLY

PROMISE OF CHRISTMAS PEACE

St. Stephen                       Today’s gospel reading seems to spoil the mood of the Christmas season. For the past weeks, we have heard heartwarming music and read pleasant messages of Christmas cheer. We have had family reunions – celebrating our being God’s family. In contrast to that, the Lord here draws a terrifying picture; “Brother will … Continue reading PROMISE OF CHRISTMAS PEACE

GOD BECAME EVERYTHING TO ME

Nativity of the Lord – Christmas Day                         “And the Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us…”             Exactly three years ago, after reading this particular passage for the “nth time,” somehow it just struck me in a new and surprising way how personal and intimate God could get. It is not that … Continue reading GOD BECAME EVERYTHING TO ME