Sunday Sermon: Holy Family

29 Dec

While we try to teach our children all about life, our children teach us what life is all about.”
― Angela Schwindt
Today, at Mass we celebrated the Feast of The Holy Family. I was especially pleased to be able to celebrate this special day with Joe and his fiancée, Lindsay. I have been going to Mass on Sunday alone for such a long time. It felt wonderful to have family members with me, and how appropriate on this feast day. I always admire the happy loving families that attend Mass every week, and often thought how nice it would be to have that feeling. Today was the day.

At the beginning of Mass, Father always asks, “If we have anyone worshipping with us for the first time, please stand to be recognized.” I had to give them a little tap, but they both stood up, and the entire congregation applauded. This filled my heart with pride. Family pride.

Family has always been so important to me, and my two sons are the most treasured blessings I’ve been given. Now, I have a lovely young lady who will be joining our little family in July. That very large void in my heart is slowly being filled with love. The broken family with a missing piece will now have a shiny new piece to add to the puzzle. A new family. A time of hope, promise, dreams, old traditions, and new beginnings.


After church, we had breakfast at Snug on the Square, then stopped at Target to buy the DVD “Casablanca” to watch on New Year’s Eve. Watching old movies, having snacks, and sipping champagne at midnight…an old tradition that will continue.

I have had so much fun listening to their plans, talking about wedding songs,
discussing dream houses, and children. My house feels like a home, even if it’s just for a few more days, it’s wonderful.

Matt, Lindsay, and Joe, thank you for my beautiful family and my wonderful Christmas. Thank you for your time, your respect and your unconditional love.



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