''It also happened that seven brothers with their mother were arrested and tortured with whips and scourges by the king.''— 2 Maccabees 7:1
This nameless Old Testament family prefigures the Christian family. How holy, fearless, and faithful a Christian family can be when united with the Lord and one another and deeply grounded in faith in Jesus' Resurrection and our resurrection from the dead! This family loved God and each other so much that all seven brothers with their mother suffered mutilation, torture, and execution so as to be faithful to the Lord. This was a family of eight saints, all martyred.
In the new covenant, we have even greater graces to have the holiest families. "That is why I kneel before the Father from Whom every family in heaven and on earth takes its name; and I pray that He will bestow on you gifts in keeping with the riches of His glory" (Eph 3:14-16). "May He strengthen you inwardly through the working of His Spirit" (Eph 3:16). "May Christ dwell in your hearts through faith" (Eph 3:17). "May charity be the root and foundation of your life. Thus you will be able to grasp fully, with all the holy ones, the breadth and length and height and depth of Christ's love" (Eph 3:17-18).
Because the Lord has revealed this family prayer to us, He will certainly answer it. By His grace, your family can enter into unimaginable realms of holiness and ultimately have a family reunion in heaven without any member missing. Through daily recitation of the above family prayer, accept the grace to be a holy family.
Prayer: Lord, direct our "hearts in the love of God and the constancy of Christ" (2 Thes 3:5).
Promise: "The Lord keeps faith; He it is Who will strengthen you and guard you against the evil one." —2 Thes 3:3
Praise: "Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power and riches, wisdom and strength, honor and glory and praise" (Rv 5:12).
Rescript: In accord with the Code of Canon Law, I hereby grant the Imprimatur ("Permission to Publish") for One Bread, One Body covering the period from October 1, 2019 through November 30, 2019.
†Most Reverend Joseph R. Binzer, Auxiliary Bishop, Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, March 11, 2019.
The Nihil Obstat ("Permission to Publish") is a declaration that a book or pamphlet is considered to be free of doctrinal or moral error. It is not implied that those who have granted the Nihil Obstat agree with the contents, opinions, or statements expressed.