Happy Sunday and Merry Christmas!
Today is the feast of the Holy Family giving us the loving example to follow in Jesus, Mary and Joseph. "Can you help?," the young woman asked today while seated on the ground with an emptied paper coffee
cup in front of her with a few small coins in the bottom. There was a slight pause of prayer...What may we have that could possibly help?? " What is your name?," were the first words out. (Somehow the Catechism came to mind-'God calls each
one by name. Everyone's name is sacred. The name is the icon of the person. It demands respect as a sign of the dignity of the one who bears it. The name one receives is a name for eternity." CCC 2158-2159.)
"Valerie," she revealed. Her youth was both striking and unsettling. After a brief exchange and prayers promised we continued on to the original destination...just across the street in this lively urban center in the publicsquare is the Holy Family
figures on display-Jesus, Mary and Joseph situated on a bed of hay. It was a joy that the city permits this religious freedom, but somehow meeting Valerie elevated the truth of exile in which the Holy Family found themselves. This Sunday during
the Octave of Christmas may we praise God for the gift of family life and for granting us 'ears to hear.' May we grow in understanding as the Catechism teaches on the family: "The family should live in such a way that its members learn to care and take
responsibility for the young, the old, the sick, the handicapped, and the poor." CCC 2208.