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The following is the final installment of an article entitled: In the School of Nazareth - As they lead their own domestic churches, Christian parents can learn from the example of the Holy Family.
THE DIGNITY OF WORK
"The third lesson to learn from the school of Nazareth is the dignity of work as an expression of love. In light of the Incarnation, both the ordinary tasks within the home and work undertaken to support one’s family are dignified with a new and deeper meaning."
"Reflecting on St. Joseph’s role as the patron saint of workers, St. John Paul II explained how Joseph served the Holy Family precisely in his work as a carpenter. The key idea is that Joseph’s work was an expression of his love for his family and his love for God."
"In Redemptoris Custos (Guardian of the Redeemer), John Paul II wrote, 'Work was the daily expression of love in the life of the Family of Nazareth. The Gospel specifies the kind of work Joseph did in order to support his family: he was a carpenter. … Having learned the work of his presumed father, Jesus was known as ‘the carpenter’s son.’ If the Family of Nazareth is an example and model for human families, in the order of salvation and holiness, so too, by analogy, is Jesus’ work at the side of Joseph the carpenter” (22).
"Whether we are preparing a meal, cleaning the house, or raking leaves, there is a dignity to work undertaken for the good of the family. This lesson from Nazareth can be handed on to children by giving them responsibility for specific tasks and by working together with them."
"The feast of the Holy Family was not included in the Church’s liturgical calendar until the 20th century. However, by the institution of this feast the Church only confirmed what has been understood for two millennia. Beginning with the shepherds and Wise Men in Bethlehem, the Holy Family has been recognized as a model for every family throughout the centuries. May we be receptive to the lessons about life, prayer and work they are offering to us today."
This article was written by Nicholas and Maruška Healy (parents of seven children - the family lives in Maryland) and appeared in the KofC on-line Columbia Magazine. This is the final installment. You can link to the entire article via one of the following sites. Also, find more about the Knights of Columbus at IWKnights9981.com/bulletin or in facebook.com/IWknights9981 and NOW on Twitter at twitter.com/IwKnights.
Links Related to this week’s column:
In the School of Nazareth As they lead their own domestic churches, Christian parents can learn from the example of the Holy Family. By Nicholas and Maruška Healy - Columbia Magazine (12/1/2020) Click here for Article
Prayer for Protection in Time of Pandemic A Novena which seeks Our Lady’s Intercession for Protection in Time of Pandemic By His Holiness, Pope Francis (3/2020) A PRAYER FOR PROTECTION IN TIME OF PANDEMIC (PDF Version) Click here for the Prayer
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