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 them 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.)
Not every family is perfect, and after the holiday season, our dysfunctional family may be fresh in our minds. We are called practicing Catholics because despite any struggles in our families we still keep practicing. 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 grow in holiness.
February Feast Days
February 1 – St. Brigid of Ireland
February 2 – Presentation of the Lord
February 3 – St. Blaise
February 5 – St. Agatha
February 6 – St. Paul Miki and Companions
February 8 – St. Josephine Bakhita
February 10 – St. Scholastica
February 11 – Our Lady of Lourdes
February 14 – St. Valentine’s Day
February 20 – Feast Day of St. Francisco and St. Jacinta
February 21 – St. Peter Damian
February 22- Chair of St. Peter
February 23 – St. Polycarp
A Catholic’s February To-Do List
Reflection Questions for February the Month of 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?
A Catholic’s February Challenges
Make your family your number one priority this month. How? Pray the Litany of the Holy Family.
Be intentional with the time you spend with family. Make interactions times filled with conversations about God and quality bonding. (In other words, put your phones away!)
Take each 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.
Catholic Books To Read In February
Prayer to Learn In February
Jesus, Mary and Joseph,, I give you my heart and my soul; Jesus, Mary and Joseph assist me now and in my last agony; Jesus, Mary and Joseph, may I bring forth my soul in peace with you. Amen.
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