Recently I encountered a slight problem when turning to the saints in regards to marriage and family, and perhaps you would too, because from the list of popular saints I know, it may often be the case that a favorite saint was, um, celibate. That being said, I decided to compile a list of thoughts and prayers on parenting and finding holiness at home – from 10 saints who were mothers and fathers themselves.
Home & Family
Advent is given to us as a time to prepare our souls for the coming of the Lord. Advent is to Christmas what Lent is to Easter. In modern times we are tempted to skip over the penitential aspects of Advent and focus on the joy of Christmas. This is a great tragedy. Focusing only on the joy denies the truth: the Christ Child is our Lord and Savior who will suffer and die for our salvation.
Monica was married to a pagan man of violent temper and her son, Augustine was practicing the heretical Manichaeism sect along with leading a very immoral life. This caused Monica great anguish and pain. Through her great patience and constant prayers along with her examples of kindness, Monica was blessed with the conversion to Christianity of both her husband and son.
I, with all who belong to me, dedicate myself forever to thy service, and pray thee, oh Mother of God, to receive us into the number of thy servants, taking us all under thy protection, aiding us in life, and still more, at the hour of our death.
Do you know who the patron saint of marriage is? Actually, that’s a bit of a trick question, because there’s more than one. Some are patrons of specific situations within marriage, which might make one of them in particular a very fitting intercessor for your needs:
St. Charbel Makhlouf (1828 – 1898) was a Maronite monk and priest from Lebanon, known during his life and after his death as a saint, mystic, and a great miracle-worker. He is also known for his holy wisdom, gleaned from a life of deep prayer, silence, and penance. One of the themes he articulated was the foundational importance of the human family in God’s created order and salvation history, and Satan’s attacks against it.
Earlier this year, Pope Francis’ St. Valentine’s Day audience held over 10,000 young couples engaged to be married. One couple sent a question to the Pope, which he addressed during the audience: “Many feel that the challenge of living together forever is beautiful, enchanting, but very demanding, almost impossible. We ask your word to enlighten us on this.”
Happy Father’s Day to all of you fathers! Now more than ever, our world is in great need of strong, loving dads who are present to their family with a loving heart. Fatherhood is a holy responsibility, because it is a reflection of God the Father. Men are called to lead and serve their families, and to pray for them—an important and beautiful task! Here is a prayer that a father can say daily for his family.
Although gift-giving is a common practice when celebrating any sacrament, is it especially true of the Sacrament of Marriage. We love to shower new couples with love as they start a life together. Besides frying pans and bath towels, what are some unique gifts to give a Catholic couple? Here are some suggestions.
We’ve lined up some great inspirational gifts your moms and wives are sure to love, making you an instant favorite. Listed below are four great Mother’s Day gift ideas (with a Catholic twist of course) that will ensure your mom will have a pleasurable and relaxing Mother’s Day. Making mom happy is your #1 priority on the second Sunday in May.