Today begins the annual Novena to Our Lady of Good Help – Queen of Families. How appropriate, just the day before the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord! How important to pray for the protection and strengthening of our families!
Here is a link leading to the Novena from the Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help:
Queen of Families Novena
Below are two quotes as we begin the Novena together, whether for our own families, someone else’s family in need, or for all families. They come from St. John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI. In a few words, they teach us a lot:
“To maintain a joyful family requires much from both the parents and the children. Each member of the family has to become, in a special way, the servant of the others and share their burdens.” – St. John Paul II
“It is in the family that children, from the tenderest age, can learn to perceive the meaning of God, also thanks to the teaching and example of their parents: to live in an atmosphere marked by God’s presence.” – Pope Benedict XVI