The good family is marked by a mutual love which brightens and warms like a flame the practice of every virtue. Goodness sweetens and strengthens the leadership of the father, deepens the mother’s delicate tact, encourages the fidelity of the children, tempers their exuberance, and inspires their unstinting sacrifices (Pope John XXIII).
Christmas blessings… May all the days of all the years that God has still in store be filled with every joy and grace to bless you more and more. May hope of heart and peace of mind beside you ever stay. And that’s the golden wish I have for you this Christmas day!
Lord, with faith and joy we celebrate the birthday of your Son. Increase our understanding and our love of the riches you have revealed in him, who is Lord for ever and ever. Amen.
God of Mary and Joseph, of shepherds and animals, bless us whenever we gaze on this manger scene. Through all the days of Christmas may these figures tell the story of how humans, angels, and animals found the Christ in this poor place. Fill our house with hospitality, joy, gentleness, and thanksgiving; and guide our steps in the way of peace. Grant this through Christ, our Lord. Amen.
Family… O dear Jesus, I humbly implore you to grant your special graces to our family. May our home be the shrine of peace, purity, love, labor, and faith. I beg you, dear Jesus, to protect and bless all of us, absent and present, living, and dead.
Blessed St. Joseph, holy guardian of Jesus and Mary, assist us by your prayers in all the necessities of life. Ask of Jesus that special grace which he granted to you to watch over our home at the pillow of the sick and the dying so that, with Mary and with you, heaven may find our family unbroken in the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Amen.
Lord God, creator and sustainer of life, watch over our family gathered in Jesus’s name. Guide and guard us, keep us united in love for one another. Let your grace be our support in whatever emergencies may lie ahead.
Show us, Father, how to put the past behind us, give you our best today, and place our tomorrows in your hands. Bless our laughter and tears, ease our sorrows and fears. Teach us to appreciate every good gift from your paternal heart. Amen.
Home and household… Lord God of heaven and earth, you revealed your only begotten son to every nation by the guidance of a star. Bless this house and all who inhabit it. Fill us with the light of Christ that our concern for others may reflect your love.
New year blessing… May your new year be a time of peace, joy, and serenity! May each day bring you closer to Christ and more loving to those in your family! May each week see you advancing in the practice of faith, hope, and charity! May each month give to you the aid, comfort, and strength you need from God! May the march of the seasons make you appreciate and be grateful for all the good things you enjoy! May the end of the new year find you happier, healthier, and holier than you have ever been! Amen.
Parents… Most loving Father, the example of parenthood, you have entrusted our children to us to bring them up for you and prepare them for everlasting life. Assist us with your grace that we may fulfill this sacred duty with competence and love. Teach us what to give and what to withhold. Show us when to reprove, when to praise, and when to be silent. Make us gentle and considerate, yet firm and watchful. Keep us from the weakness of indulgence and the excess of severity. Give us the courage to be disliked sometimes by our children when we must do necessary things which are displeasing in their eyes. Give us the imagination to enter their world in order to understand and guide them. Grant us all the virtues we need to lead them by word and example in the ways of wisdom and piety. One day, with them, may we enter into the joys of our true and lasting home with you in heaven. Amen.
Peace… Lord, make me an instrument of your peace. Where there is hatred, let me sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, light; and where there is sadness, joy.
O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console; to be understood as to understand; to be loved as to love. For it is in pardoning that we are pardoned, and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life. Amen.
Though you are our all-powerful God, you conceal your divinity for love of us. For our sake you wish to be weak, helpless, and wholly dependent on us creatures you yourself made. Thus, you show how necessary it is for us to be humble, obedient, and as trusting as you were.
Assist us in your tender mercy to imitate you, to rule by serving, to conquer by loving, to be great by becoming little, to be powerful when weakest, to gain life eternal by losing one’s life for your sake. So will we be happy always by following you commands and example.
May your holy Virgin-Mother, Mary, assist us. Amen.
Special blessing… The Lord bless you and keep you! The Lord let his face shine upon you and be gracious to you! The Lord look upon you kindly and give you peace! (Nm. 6:24-26).
Spouses… Lord Jesus, grant that (name) and I may have a true and understanding love for each other.
Grant that we may both be filled with faith and trust. Give us the grace to live with each other in peace and harmony. May we always bear with one another’s weaknesses and grow from each other’s strengths. Help us to forgive one another’s failings and grant us patience, kindness, cheerfulness, and the spirit of placing the well-being of one another ahead of self.
May the love that brought us together grow and mature with each passing year. Bring us both ever closer to you through our love for each other. Let our love grow to perfection. Amen.
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December 23, 2012
Mary went without delay to communicate her joy to her cousin Elizabeth…. This is the real commitment of Advent: to bring joy to others. Joy is the true gift of Christmas, not expensive presents that demand time and money (Pope Benedict XVI).
December 9, 2013
Let your goodness, Lord, appear to us, that we, made in your image, may conform ourselves to it. In our own strength we cannot imagine your majesty, power and wonder; nor is it fitting for us to try; but your mercy reaches from the heavens, through the clouds, to the earth below. You have come to us as a small child; but you have brought us the greatest of all gifts, the gift of your eternal love. Caress us with your tiny hands, embrace us with your tiny arms, and pierce our hearts with your soft, sweet cries
(St. Bernard of Clairvaux).
December 25, 2013
Mary and Joseph, thank you for bringing Jesus to me! Pray that I might love him as you did— more and more each day (the Word among us, Advent 2013, p. 43).
December 7, 2014
“Divine blessings are not granted to those who sleep, but to those who keep watch”
December 14, 2014
The Christian family has a special vocation to witness to the paschal covenant of Christ by constantly radiating the joy of love and the certainty of the hope for which it must give an account: “The Christian family loudly proclaims both the present virtues of the kingdom of God and the hope of a blessed life to come (Pope St. John Paul II).
December 25, 2014
At Christmas we contemplate God made man, divine glory hidden beneath the poverty of a child wrapped in swaddling clothes and laid in a manger, the creator of the universe reduced to the helplessness of an infant. Once we accept this paradox, we discover the truth that sets us free and the love that transforms our lives (Pope Benedict XVI).
“Blessed is he who possesses Bethlehem in his heart and in whose heart Christ is born daily” (St. Jerome).
Go to Jesus…. He is on the altar surrounded by angels and praying. Let them make some room for you and join them in doing what they do (St. Mary Joseph Rossello).
“On this night let us share the joy of the gospel: God… so loves us that he gave us his son to be our brother, to be light in our darkness” (Pope Francis).
December 5, 2015
If God, in the Christmas mystery, reveals himself not as one who remains on high and dominates the universe, but as the one who bends down [and] descends to the little and poor earth, it means that, to be like him, we should not put ourselves above others but, indeed, lower ourselves [and] place ourselves at the service of others (Pope Francis).
December 13, 2015
Lord God, I praise, glorify and bless you for all the graces and privileges you have bestowed upon Joseph, your foster father and servant. By his merits grant that I may always be grateful for whatever you send me. Lord, may I share the joys of St. Joseph at the coming of Jesus this Christmas season and may I be patient and forbearing in times of trial knowing that Jesus is always with me and gives me the grace to live each day accompanied by him.
Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit as it was in the beginning is now and ever shall be world without end. Amen.
December 25, 2015
December 27, 2015
Joy is the true gift of Christmas, not the expensive gifts that call for time and money. We can communicate this joy simply: with a smile, a kind gesture, a little help, forgiveness. And the joy we give will certainly come back to us.… Let us pray that this presence of the liberating joy of God shines forth in our lives (Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI on the feast of the Holy Family).
December 31, 2015
Only a few hours more— and this year too will come to an end and pass into history. I too finish the year and await the new dawn with joy…. I go down on my knees before my God and, recalling his kindnesses to me this year, I humble myself in the dust and thank him with all my heart (St. John XXIII).
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