1. Learn more about the Month of the Holy Family.
As usual, our go-to site for #LiturgicalLiving ideas is Catholic Culture — visit their page here for more information about February as the Month of the Holy Family.
2. Commit to pray together as a family.
Whether you’re single or married, with or without kids, we (and when I say we, I mean my husband and I because I consider this site to be a family project of sorts) encourage you to commit to pray together as a family especially during this Month of the Holy Family.
If you’re already doing this regularly, praise God! If not, now’s a good time to get started. Even just 10-15 minutes of daily family prayer time will do wonders.
If you want, you can start with praying the Rosary. If that seems too much for you and your family, maybe a decade of the Rosary will do.
Or you can say a short prayer in the morning before everyone parts ways, or a short prayer in the evening before bedtime.
You might also want to check out these prayers on About.com.
Remember: What matters most is that you commit to praying together as a family and follow through on your commitment. 😉
3. Consecrate your family to the Holy Family.
In connection to number 2 above, February is a great time to consecrate our families to the Holy Family. Again, About.com has a prayer that many of us will find useful. (We have actually NEVER done this as a family so I am pretty excited about doing it.)
4. Read Bible passages related to the Holy Family.
Read them together with other family members. If you have younger kids, read the passages aloud to them. You might want to watch this video, too:
5. Make a Holy Family-inspired artwork or craft.
Personally, I am NOT a crafty mama but I have kids who like art projects so I am *trying* to go beyond my comfort zone and incorporate more arts and crafts into our homeschool. Of course, you don’t need to be a homeschooling family to do this. 😉
For Holy Family-inspired arts and crafts, here are two resources (mostly from Christmas-themed posts but still applicable):
6. Go on a family pilgrimage.
Just like Joseph, Mary and Jesus who had to flee from Bethlehem to Egypt, and later on traveled to Jerusalem for Passover, try traveling together as a family — not to the usual places but “holy places” like local shrines, etc. It need not be a “grand” pilgrimage like to the Holy Land or Rome.
If you’re based in or near Quezon City, you might want to take time out to visit the pilgrim relics of Saints Louis and Zélie Martin, the parents of Saint Thérèse of the Child Jesus (see images below from the Facebook page of The Immaculate Conception Cathedral of Cubao):
Watch this video to learn more about Saint Therese’s inspiring parents:
7. Enjoy your family!
Not much is said in the Bible about Jesus’ family life with Joseph and Mary, but we can imagine that they enjoyed one another’s company and had fun just like “regular” families do. So, this February, make sure to take time out of your daily busy schedule to enjoy your family. (You should do this beyond February, too, of course!)
Take walks together.
Read books together.
Watch a movie together.
Eat dinner together.
Just like our faith, we believe that our relationships — especially with our family members — are part of “our riches.”
Whatever you choose to do this Month of the Holy Family, we pray that you and yours be blessed abundantly so you can bless others, too!
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