The Apostolate for Family Consecration® Consecrating families to the Holy Family in the Spirit of Blessed Pope John Paul II
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For the month of December, let us reflect on the virtue of humility. "Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am meek and humble of heart; and you will find rest for yourselves. For my yoke is easy, and my burden light." (Matthew 11:28-30) Jesus tells us to come to Him with our burdens and He will give us rest. This act of trust is what opens the door to grace and will lead our hearts to rest. The labors and burdens may still remain, but we are given grace to rise above them. Jesus then says "take my yoke upon you." What does He mean by this? Are we to carry our own burdens and take Jesus' yoke too? Jesus explains the essence of His yoke when He says, "learn from me, for I am meek and humble of heart." When we learn how to be gentle and submissive, we discover who we are in Christ. We are vessels of God's grace; all we are and do is a matter of God's grace that is given to us. It is a free gift and not something that we earn. We must learn to open our hearts to God's grace and allow Him to work in and through us knowing that everything is from Him and we claim nothing as our own. So, trusting in Jesus and cooperating with His grace is indeed taking His yoke upon us. Our burdens become His as He carries them for us and our hearts are given rest. Let us ask our heavenly Father for the grace to learn from Jesus how to be meek and humble of heart.
P.P.S. Here are the dates for the 2012 Holy Family Fests: June 16-22, June 30-July 6, July 14-20, July 28-August 3, and August 11-17. Please note that registration is not yet open, but will open sometime in January. We will send an email in the coming weeks to let you know exactly when you can begin to register for the Fests. In the meantime, please hold off from contacting us to be added to a waiting list.
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