All In The Family

He then went down with them to Nazareth and lived under their authority

Luke 2:51
Sirach 3:2-6,12-14; Psalms 128:1-5; Colossians 3:12-21; Luke 2:41-52

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The Holy Family, C

A wise man, (or should I say a wise-guy), once said that family-life teaches you loyalty, patience, understanding, perseverance, and a lot of other things you wouldn’t need if you had stayed single. It’s a sad commentary, isn’t it, that family life so often bears the brunt of bad jokes, callous cliches and downright nasty narratives? From holiday horrors to lazy husbands — nagging wives to meddling mother-in laws — we’ve heard them all — over and over again. And when these bothersome bromides concern our children, they take on a particularly troubling tone. Consider this real-life incident:

A woman reported that she pulled into a self-service gas station and began filling her tank. While she was waiting, she noticed a screen on the pump that displays fueling instructions, advertising, and clever quotes to help the motorist pass the time while gassing up. After the initial instructions and a pitch for a discount oil change, she said she saw a very disturbing message scroll across…

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