PLANTING YOUR FAMILY TREE
Seed of Faith Individual conversion to Jesus Christ of husband and wife opens the way for the active life of the Holy Spirit to a family.
Luke 8:11 The seed is the word of God.
Mark 4:8 And some seed fell on rich soil and produced fruit.
Planting The image of a tree planted by the running water from Jeremiah provides the image of planting our family tree by the LIVING WATER, which is the Catholic Church.
Jeremiah 17:7-8 Blessed are those who trust in the LORD; the LORD will be their trusted. They are like a tree planted beside the waters that stretches out its roots to the stream: It does not fear heat when it comes, its leaves stay green. In the year of drought it shows no distress, but still produces fruit.
Roots Husband and wife each commits to be a disciple of Jesus. Continuously tapping from the Source of grace Who is Christ and through His Body, the Church, they lead the spiritual life of their family and build a domestic church.
Col.2:6-7 So then, as you received Jesus as Lord and Christ, now live your lives in him, be rooted in him and built up on him, held firm by the faith you have been taught, and overflowing with thanksgiving.
Trunk A Christ-centered marriage progressively unites husband and wife in a bond just as the Blessed Trinity is one. A Christ-centered marriage is a missionary marriage whose primary mission is to raise their children in the Faith in order for their children to share also in the divine life of the Blessed Trinity.
John 17:21 ... so that they may all be one, as you, Father, are in me and I in you, that they also may be in us.
Branches The unity forged in Christian marriage is not an end in itself but it becomes a means for the couple to be a stronger vessel to serve God and others. Faithful to their vocation of marriage and family, God calls and equips a couple to be His instruments to particular ministries in the Church and/or in the world.
Luke 10:1-2 After this the Lord appointed seventy-two others and sent them out ahead of him in pairs, to all the towns and places he himself would be visiting. And he said to them, 'The harvest is rich but the labourers are few, so ask the Lord of the harvest to send labourers to do his harvesting.
Fruit Your family is a domestic church. With God’s grace and intentional parenting, your children will grow to be Catholic disciples of Jesus and when the fruit fall, they do not fall far from the tree. They too will be planted by the living water. The transmission of the Catholic Faith is not only effectively made but also beautifully handed to the next generation of Catholics. A couple's work in other ministries will bear fruit for the expansion of God's kingdom and for His glory.
Galatians 6:7-8 ... for a person will reap only what he sows, ... the one who sows for the spirit will reap eternal life from the spirit.
The Catholic understanding of marriage and family is true, good, and beautiful.
The Catholic Church offers a profound and developed understanding of the nature, origin, duties and privileges of marriage and family that surpasses ideas promulgated by modern thought, pop psychology, and general opinion. The Church proclaims the Good News of God's saving love and this includes Good News for families.
It begins with the inviolable dignity of the human person, not only made in the image and likeness of God, but also made with body and soul. The Church emphasizes the irreplaceable role of parents in affirming the full dignity of each child and that the family reveals and communicates this love to each one. Home life provides an education for the interpersonal love and relationships essential in human development.
Catholic understanding of marriage is that of a visible sign of the Most Blessed Trinity where each separate person is equal in dignity but united as one in a complete exchange of love and life. The unity of husband and wife in love generates life as their self-donation to each other bears fruit. The vocation of marriage comes as a path of holiness for the couple.
The greatest gift of God is His Son, Jesus Christ. Jesus in the Eucharist is His true presence in our time and our place and each reception of Holy Communion is a real encounter with Jesus. A marriage centered on Jesus, a family open to receive all the graces through the sacraments are not only sanctified and transformed by the Holy Spirit, but they also become channels for God's love to others.
Faith, hope and charity, along with truth, goodness and beauty are intangibles but are incarnated - taught, learned, and experienced by way of the family.