February 7: Catechism Byte

Please read verse 2427 from the Catechism together as a family and discuss.

2427 Human work proceeds directly from persons created in the image of God and called to prolong the work of creation by subduing the earth, both with and for one another. Hence work is a duty: “If any one will not work, let him not eat.” Work honors the Creator’s gifts and the talents received from him. It can also be redemptive. By enduring the hardship of work in union with Jesus, the carpenter of Nazareth and the one crucified on Calvary, man collaborates in a certain fashion with the Son of God in his redemptive work. He shows himself to be a disciple of Christ by carrying the cross, daily, in the work he is called to accomplish. Work can be a means of sanctification and a way of animating earthly realities with the Spirit of Christ.

February 2: Presentation of the Lord

Today the Church celebrates the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord which occurs forty days after the birth of Jesus. It is also known as Candlemas, since the blessing and procession of candles is included in today’s liturgy.  We meditate on this event when we pray the 4th Joyful Mystery of the Rosary. Light candles tonight at supper to remind you that Jesus is the light and that we are called to be “His light” daily to others.

This is the hymn sung by Simeon giving thanks to God:
“Lord, now you let your servant go in peace, your word has been fulfilled: My own eyes have seen the salvation, which you have prepared in the sight of every people: a light to reveal you to the nations and the glory of your people Israel.”  (Luke 2:29-32)

“On this day, the feast of Candlemas, we recall the presentation of Jesus in the temple. Forty days after His birth, Mary and Joseph went to Jerusalem to offer Him to the Lord as prescribed by the law of Moses. This is an episode that fits within the perspective of the People of Israel’s special consecration to God.”

– St. John Paul II

January 31: St. John Bosco

Today we celebrate the patron saint of youth, boys, and editors St. John Bosco. Well known across the globe as the founder of the Salesian Order, he was also the educator of St. Dominic Savio, one of the youngest canonized saints the Church has in her communion. “Without confidence and love, there can be no true education. If you want to be loved…you must love yourselves, and make your children feel that you love them.”

Prayer to St. John Bosco
Father and Teacher of youth, docile to the gifts of the Spirit and open to the reality of your times, you were for the young, especially the little ones and the poor, a sign of the love and the special care of God. Be our guide as we walk the path of friendship with the Lord Jesus, so that we may discover in Him and in his Gospel the meaning of our lives and the source of true happiness. Help us to respond with generosity to the vocation we have received from God so that in daily life we may be builders of communion, and may collaborate with enthusiasm, and in communion with the whole Church in creating a civilisation of love. Obtain for us the grace of perseverance in living a high standard of Christian life, according to the spirit of the beatitudes; and grant that, guided by Mary Help of Christians, we may one day be with you in the great family of heaven. Amen