From A Year With Blessed James Alberione,
Compiled by J. Maurus
Family is the first place of sanctification for human beings. It is the first society instituted by God and sanctified by Jesus. For Christians it is the result of a sacrament.
Ordinarily, a person begins his life, lives it and terminates it in a family. For most, the greatest graces are obtained in the family.
Fidelity to family duties is an indication of the true goodness of a person.
According to one's condition everyone in the family has a place: there is the husband, the father, the son; there is the wife, the mother, the daughter; there is the adult, the teenager, the child, the brother and the sister.
The duties are according to each one's position. In the family there should be religious instruction, good mutual example, constant love, an atmosphere of piety and assiduous work. In the family everyone should find food, shelter, comfort, peace and happiness.
What Strikes Me Most Today
I like Blessed Alberione's reminder that the family starts as the result of a sacrament. I know this, but with the day to day challenges, worries, struggles, battles (especially with teenagers!), it's nice to take a step back and remember that one simple, but awesome and vital, detail.
What strikes you most today?
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