October 8, 2015

31 Days: Family.

Dear Child,

Pope Francis just said yesterday that families, "free us from the sea of loneliness and indifference, so that we can all experience the freedom of being children of God."

Well, I would guess that maybe sometimes, just once in awhile, you would like to feel a little lonely?  Ha.  Haha.

What is important about this quote is that our desires aren't always good for us.  In fact, those things (or people) who sometimes make us crazy are in fact leading us straight to heaven.  So, perhaps that wish for your own bedroom would actually NOT be good for you.

A crazy idea in today's world.  That, you know, it really isn't at all about you.  It is about US.  All of us working together.  All of us forced to get along.  We can't be indifferent to one another.  The struggle of it all makes us see that we have to work together.  Gives us the tools to work for others.

John Paul II said, "To maintain a joyful family requires much from both the parents and the children.  Each member of the family has to become, in a special way, the servant of the others."  Recognize that quote?  Yeah, it is hanging on the wall so I'm sure you do!  Does that mean that parents have to always serve the kids?  No.  What about the kids always serve the parents? No.  It means for our joy as a family together--we have to work together.  Help each other out.

It is good training.  JPII could just as easily say, "To maintain a joyful world, requires everyone, in a special way, to be a servant of the others."  Don't you think?

What a joyful world it would be!  Look for the ways you can be a servant to others.

With love,

"I applied myself above all to practice quite hidden little acts of virtue; thus I liked to fold the mantles forgotten by the Sisters, and sought a thousand opportunities of rendering them service."
--St. Terese, the Little Flower

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