Every Sunday after the Christmas celebration, we are celebrating the feast of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph. This Holy family is the model of Christian families. Pope Pius XII said something about the family, “The life of a family united in intimate love is so beautiful! You can see each member eager and prompt in fulfilling his duties, in pleasing everyone, in practicing justice, honesty, kindness, patience in bearing adversaries and in forgiving wrongs, of strength in the hour of trial and under the weight of toil. You can see the parents educating their children with love and in the practice of all virtues. In a family such as these God is honored and faithfully served, and everyone is treated with goodness. Can there be anything more noble and edifying.” Today’s feast is very important. The family is a natural society instituted by God and ratified by Jesus Christ. It is also a Christian Institution, blessed at the wedding feast of Cana. It is a religious institution. So pray a great deal for the family in the natural, Christian and religious sense because society will be what its families are and so also will the Church. According to Pope John Paul II: “The family is first and foremost place in which come to appreciate and live the fraternal life, the life of charity and of solidarity in all its forms. In the family we learn attentiveness, openness and respect for others, who must always be able to find their proper place. Let the Holy Family of Joseph, Mary and Jesus be our model and inspiration.