Almighty and all Loving God, in the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph you give us a model and example of family life. In return we commend our families and our households to your holy guidance. We commit all to your love and keeping. Fill our homes with your blessings even as you filled the holy House of Nazareth with your presence.
Shine your light upon our families today. Give us strength to overcome the difficulties that we face. Protect us against any and all problems we may encounter in future days. Lord, please bring us together in love and peace as we are meant to be. May the love that binds us only grow stronger as we fulfill the path and desires You have laid out before each of us.
Much writing about the family, for example in letters of the Pope and bishops, emphasizes the mission or tasks of the family – what the family should do, and what we expect of families.
But the intention of this month shifts a bit to what we should do for the family to make their mission possible. This is important because we know the many challenges facing the family today. We see photos of children separated from parents, homeless and refugee children, and the tyranny of the cellphone which interrupts family conversation.