Friday, December 30, 2016

Holy Family

The Feast of the Holy Family is not just about Jesus, Mary and Joseph but about our own families and our monastic community; for the Holy Family of Nazareth is a model for all families. Pope Benedict XVI has said that "the house of Nazareth is a school of prayer where one learns to listen, meditate on and penetrate the profound meaning of the manifestation of the Son of God, following the example of Mary, Joseph and Jesus." May our monastic family become a school of prayer where we listen to the voice of God, who daily calls us to conversion and purity of heart.

Painting by Henry Ossawa Tanner. Meditation by Father Emmanuel.