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Month of February

'The family, more than any other human reality, is the place in which the person is loved for himself and in which he learns to live the sincere gift of self
Pope John Paul II

Month of February

Month of February

February is dedicated to the Holy Family. It’s a difficult one because families can be a source of great beauty and strength in our lives, but they can also be the cause of great pain and heartache. Yet everyone wants a family to belong to, everyone wants a place where they are safe and loved and have someone to love. Normally it’s within a family that we learn to love. Not the romantic fluffy stuff, but the real love that forms us and helps us grow. It’s there we learn that a person has a right to be treated as an object of love and not as an object for use. It’s our brothers and sisters who knock the selfishness out of us and make us realise that there are other people in the world who are as important as we are, and maybe more important and that we have to share rather than think everything is just for us and that other people should be respected in their own right. Our brothers and sisters are quick to tell us, when we treat them as second class family members. It’s our children to bring out what is best in us – and show us what is worst in us – who make us determined to keep loving even when we are so tired we can hardly stand up. It’s our children for whom we would throw ourselves in front of a bus and at other times it’s because of them that we would throw ourselves in front of a bus. They teach us there are no limits to love and it’s only when we remove the self-centredness in our love that we know the depth and beauty of love. It’s our husband and wife who support us emotionally and physically and drive us mad. It’s our husbands and wives who teach us about chastity and the need to curb our gluttonous habits and treat them as people and not just another way to indulge our desires, but someone who can become the desire of our heart. It is the family that is the school of love. We are still learning, hopefully in our families we have a safe place to learn.