Friday, September 6, 2013

50 Days of Prayer - Day 14

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Day Fourteen

Fractured Families

Yesterday we prayed the Hidden Life of Jesus, lived as it was in the family.

Today we need to realize the harm we do when we fracture our families.  

Most famous atheists had absent fathers - either by means of abandonment, death or weakness.  Today the most prevalent characteristic of the family is the absence of fathers.  This, I suspect, is directly correlated to the chic atheism of our day.

When the mother rejects the family and seeks the fulfillment of her being in the false world that men have been toying with, rather than in the more solid and realistic world of home and hearth, the entire stability of the family suffers - and with it all of society.

When our Protestant brothers and sisters disdain Mary and reject the communion of saints, including St. Joseph, the message is that Christ somehow lived on earth on His own, cut off from the material of the matriarch and the leadership of his earthly father.  In a world as bent on isolationism and as angry at nature and human nature as ours is, the family - which is the great grounding of our being - is bound to suffer.

So let us pray, and let us ask St. Mary and St. Joseph to intercede for us and to guide us so that we may see how we may strengthen our families, how we may love the very imperfect souls who are in our charge and in whose charge God has placed us.  

And let us pray ...

To you, Immaculate Heart of Mary, we consecrate ourselves – our hearts, minds, wills and lives and all those works we undertake so they may be for the glory of God, for the sake of the Gospel and the salvation of souls. Holy Mother, our Queen and our Joy, give to our hearts the dimensions of yours and form us in the image of your beloved Son.

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