Sisters of St. Francis of the Holy Cross in Green Bay, WI
Reflection for Dec. 26, 2021

Reflection for Dec. 26, 2021

Family celebration

Feast day highlights the importance of our families'  rootedness in God 

by Sister Lynne Marie Simonich

Today’s Feast of the Holy Family brings us a 12-year-old Jesus who causes great anxiety for Mary and Joseph. Many parents can identify with the fear and panic Mary and Joseph experienced not knowing where their son was. Jesus, however, felt quite at home in the Temple and didn’t understand why they were so upset.

Like families today, we see that the Holy Family had difficulties and times of anxiety as well as days of joy and peace. Their faith and love held the family together. Their trust in God kept their hopes alive. They all grew together in “wisdom, favor, and grace before God”.

Reflection questions:
  1. What does it mean to be a “holy family”?
  2. How have you grown in wisdom, favor, and grace before God?

“O God, who were pleased to give us the shining example of the Holy Family, graciously grant that we may imitate them in practicing the virtues of family life and in the bonds of charity, and so, in the joy of your house, delight one day in eternal rewards. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.”

(Opening Prayer for the Feast of the Holy Family, ©2010 International Commission on English in the Liturgy Corporation. All rights reserved.)


Dave and Lola Daniels
12/24/2021 12:07 pm

Your "Reflection questions" are priceless! They challenge us to think and answer them! Thanks!

Rev. William J. Jacobs, Jr.
12/25/2021 7:48 pm

What I'm always amazed at is the multiple places we can find "Holy Families", in addition to the obvious. I always admired your family at the Convent when I visited for Mass.

God Bless all of you and all you do..

In Christ's Never-ending Love and tender mercy,

Father Bill

Sr Rose Jochmann
01/03/2022 10:39 am

Thanks for your reflection. Concise and good questions to consider.

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