2019-12-29Holy FamilyRev. Msgr. Michael J. Motta, D.Min.

Staying married today is more difficult than ever. It seems that all of us are affected by divorce in one way or another.

Being a single parent today is no longer uncommon. It seems that society, in general, is pushing against traditional values. No longer do we have the support systems that our parents and grandparents had. In the old days families lived together. Everybody, aunts, uncles, grandparents - they all helped you to raise your children.

Today, we live in a very mobile society. Sometimes, you do not get to know your neighbors. Life is a lot more difficult than it has ever been.

The fact is that it is rare for a family to sit down and eat together. There are just too many things to do, too many places to go. Even our children have their own schedules and date planners.

As a child I can remember that the most memorable things that happened in my family usually happened around the dinner table.

Perhaps there is a relationship between not eating together anymore and not going to Church as a family anymore. I am told that the vast majority of our children enrolled in our religious education programs do not nor do their parents go to Church on a regular basis.

Yes, things are a lot tougher than they used to be.

Both partners in a marriage relationship have to go to work. They cannot afford not to.

And divorce statistics are very high. Things change dramatically when people go to Church on a regular basis. For those couples who attend Mass every week, the percentage of divorce drops considerably. Sometimes the answer to a happier life and happier marriage seems to be too easy.

They used to say that the family that prays together stays together.

Today we celebrate the feast of the Holy Family. I wish that all of us could experience a holy and happy family life. We gathered here not because we are good people, not because we are holy people. But we are gathered here in memory of the Lord Jesus Christ because we are weak people. We realize that we cannot go it alone. We need each other. As any other family, we are far from perfect but we realize that we can draw strength from one another. Our family life as a church should extend far beyond these walls. If we are prepared to help all of our brothers and sisters, then somehow we will be helped when we need it. It is the blue print that God has chosen for us for to be a holy family.

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