January is the month of the Holy Family of Nazareth. It is a time to contemplate more deeply the mystery of Nazareth, but above all to live the spirit of the family that Jesus, Mary and Joseph lived in their daily life of work, love and prayer. These three words, Prayer-Love-Work, are to be understood as if they were one. We pray in work and in love, we work in love and in prayer, and we love in prayer and in work. (cf. Family Maintenance n° 12 (1930) p.70). Thus, Brothers and Lay Sa-Fa must unite prayer with work and reproduce, in their community and in their family, by the union of hearts and mutual attention, the union, respect and reciprocal love which caused the admiration of the angels in the house of Nazareth (cf. art. 125). We who are from the house of Nazareth thank God for allowing us to experience the Family Spirit, the source of peace. However, countries do not know peace, and our communities and families often experience inadequacy, conflict or illness. Let us entrust all this to the God of Love through the intercession of Venerable Brother Gabriel Taborin.
Prayer for each day: God, One and Triune, precious community of infinite Love, teach us to contemplate you in Nazareth, where taking our human condition, you trace for all humanity the path of true life. Like Venerable Brother Gabriel Taborin, we want to let ourselves be seized by the mystery of Nazareth so that our whole life may welcome Christ in joy and offer him with zeal to the world. In thanksgiving for this zeal to live the Gospel that you have given to your Servant the Venerable Brother Gabriel Taborin, we ask you, Father, for your Glory, to grant us through his intercession the grace that we ask for … (intentions and names of the persons for whom we wish to pray). We ask this insistently through our Lord Jesus Christ. AMEN.
– Pater; – Hail Mary ; – Hail Joseph; – Prayer to the Holy Family.
January 16: “The angel said to Mary, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. Then Mary said, “Behold, the handmaid of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word.” Luke 1: 35-38
January 17: The angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said to him, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary your wife into your home, since the child who is born in her is from the Holy Spirit. When Joseph awoke, he did as the angel of the Lord had commanded. Matthew 1: 20-24
January 18: “After they had left, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, “Arise, take the child and his mother, and flee to Egypt. Stay there until I tell you, for Herod will seek out the child to destroy him. So Joseph arose and took the child and his mother by night and fled into Egypt. Matthew 2: 13-14
January 19: “Simeon received the child in his arms and blessed God, saying, “My eyes have seen the salvation you are preparing for the peoples, the light that is revealed to the nations and gives glory to your people Israel. The child’s father and mother were amazed at what was said about him. Luke 2: 28-33
January 20: “After three days they found him in the Temple, sitting among the teachers of the Law, listening to them and asking them questions, and all who heard him raved about his understanding and his answers. When his parents saw him, they were astonished, and his mother said to him, “My child, why have you done this to us? See how your father and I have suffered in looking for you! Luke 2: 46-48
January 21: “He went down with them to Nazareth, and he was subject to them. His mother kept all these events in her heart. But Jesus grew in wisdom, stature and grace before God and men. Lk 2: 50-52
January 22: “If a kingdom is divided, that kingdom cannot stand. If a family is divided, that family cannot stand. Mk 24
January 23: “And looking round at those who were sitting in a circle around him, he said, “Here are my mother and my brothers. Whoever does the will of God is my brother, my sister, my mother” Mk 3: 34-35
January 24: “Now standing by the cross were his mother and his mother’s sister, Mary, the wife of Clopas, and Mary of Magdala. When Jesus therefore saw his mother and the disciple whom he loved standing by her, he said to his mother, “Woman, behold your son.” Then he said to the disciple, “This is your mother.” From that hour the disciple welcomed her as his own.” Jn 19: 25-27