In the midst of the Season of Christmas we celebrate this feast of the Holy Family. Since Christmas is about good news for us, as the angel said on the first Christmas night, this feast draws us to find good news and encouragement for our own families.
There is no doubt that the image of the family is changing very quickly in our society. There are things that are encouraging and things that are discouraging in the way family life is lived out today. For Catholic Christians, the family continues to be one of the most important institutions in our modern society and in our Church.
In these times of change, it is good for us to remember what we as Catholics believe about the family. The Catechism of the Catholic Church tells us that “a man and a woman united in marriage, together with their children, form a family.” (CCC 2202) We are well aware that there are other people in our society who would have other definitions of family including our governments.