Feast of the Holy Family 2013
Peace be with you and Blessed Christmas!
This season is such an exciting time of year for Catholics. In the Gospels of Matthew and Luke, we read about the announcements to Mary and Joseph regarding the birth of the Messiah. Through them, we see the formation of the Holy Family -- Jesus, Mary and Joseph.
But what makes a family "holy?" A family might be good. It might be healthy and happy. But what is that elusive quality that makes it holy? A family is holy in the measure that all members of the family stand open to the will of God.
Joseph comes from a long line of dreamers. In fact, his namesake in the Old Testament was an interpreter of dreams. I'm sure that Joseph had his own projects and plans for his life. Mary was a young woman who I'm certain had her own dreams as well. The point is that they pu aside their own plans to follow what was revealed by God, and accepted God's role for them.
This Christmas, will you consider a gift in the name of your family to Mundelein Seminary in support of our seminarians who have put aside their own personal plans to answer God's call to the priesthood?
In September, we welcomed 192 seminarians to Mundelein Seminary -- the most we've had in a decade! You can make a tremendous difference in their lives by helping to defray the cost of education and formation and by providing housing and food to these men with your donation.
Thank you for your consideration of my request. I will continue to lift up your prayers at Mass, and I also ask that you pray for me as I teach these men what it takes to be good and holy priests.
God bless you this Christmas season, and may you have a Happy New Year.
Gratefully yours in Christ,
Fr. Robert Barron