Feast of the Holy Family

December 27, 2015


Below you will find a short reflection for today, the Feast of the Holy Family. We encourage you to share this reflection by forwarding this email to others who you think might appreciate it.

Feast of the Holy Family
by Mary Lou Kownacki, osb
Pax Christi USA Teacher of Peace
Holy Family image The gospel for the feast of the Holy Family reminds me of a short story, "Soul Murder," by David Manet.
    In the story, a man witnesses a mother being cruel to one of her little boys, belittling him in a public place and punishing him further by refusing to let him go to the bathroom. The little boy sits on a bench, puts his head down, just above his knees, presses his hands over his ears and rocks back and forth. When the mother goes to the restroom, the man imagines himself walking up to the little boy, sitting beside him and whispering, "I am your guardian angel. I have been sent to tell you this: You are not bad but good."
    Then the man gives the boy a quarter and tells him that it is magic. Whenever the boy sees or touches it he will magically remember that he is not bad, but good. The man tells him that someday he will lose the coin but that's part of the plan. When the coin is lost it means that anytime the boy sees any coin he will remember that he is good. Then the man walks away...

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In Christ's peace,


Johnny Zokovitch

Director of Communications, Pax Christi USA

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