Did you know that each month has a traditional Catholic devotion? This year, let’s focus on each devotion month-by-month to grow in our faith and traditions! Make yourself notes, write it on your calendar, and pray a specific prayer each day of the month to remember. You could use a prayer already associated with the devotion or pray a personal one.
February is dedicated to the Holy Family. Jesus, Mary, and Joseph are often represented humbly in artwork. Even the glow around their virtuous heads is usually simple, at least when they are represented as the Holy Family. (When Mary is represented as the Queen of Heaven, that’s a different—and incredibly elaborate—depiction.)
They appear to be simply because not only are they humble, but holiness is also simple however difficult it is. They do not have complicated agendas to hide from each other, they harbor no ill wills, they do not manipulate others to get their way, and they still to this day serve God by serving His people—us.
Not every family is perfect, and after the recently passed lively holiday season, our family dysfunctions may be fresh in our minds. We are called practicing Catholics because despite any dysfunctions in our families we still keep trying. Remember that even though Mary and Joseph lost Jesus for three days, they are still saints. Even if we feel like we’ve failed, we can still be saints, especially if we ask for the help of the Holy Family. Let’s focus on our families and helping each other be holier .
Reflection Questions for the Holy Family
– What about the Holy Family do you wish to emulate?
– What do you find yourself pondering about the Holy Family?
– What makes Mary a wonderful mother?
– What makes Joseph a devout father?
– Why did God give us this family example?
– What can you do in your family and around others to promote the importance of the family unit and unconditional love?
– How can you help widows, orphans, and those from unloving homes find Christ?
– Why is the family so important spiritually and societally to you?
Make your family your number one priority this month. How? Pray the Novena to the Holy Family (https://www.ewtn.com/devotionals/novena/HolyFamily.htm). Intentionally devote time you spend with family and others, like an elderly neighbor, to quality, face-to-face bonding, especially with conversation about God. Take a family member out for a special, personal treat to make sure each and everyone knows the love of Christ and that they are important to God, you, and the family.