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This illustration of the Holy Family is in the children's book, Counting on Faith, from Divine Providence Press.Please join the Holy Family Novena today: 1 Listen to me, your father, O children; act accordingly, that you may be kept in safety. For the Lord honors a father above his children, and he confirms a mother’s right over her children. Those who honor their father atone for sins, and those who respect their mother are like those who lay up treasure. Those who honor their father will have joy in their own children, and when they pray they will be heard.

The prophet Nathan tells King David that the Lord will establish a kingdom that will endure forever, sprung from David's loins.Now when the king was settled in his house, and the Lord had given him rest from all his enemies around him, the king said to the prophet Nathan, “See now, I am living in a house of cedar, but the ark of God stays in a tent.” Nathan said to the king, “Go, do all that you have in mind; for the Lord is with you.”

Saint John the Baptist, the last of the Old Testament prophets, proclaims Jesus Christ to the world as the Lamb of God.19 This is the testimony given by John when the Jews sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, “Who are you?” 20 He confessed and did not deny it, but confessed, “I am not the Messiah.” 21 And they asked him, “What then? Are you Elijah?” He said, “I am not.” “Are you the prophet?” He answered, “No.” 22 Then they said to him, “Who are you? Let us have an answer for those who sent us. What do you say about yourself?” 23 He said,

The Immaculate Conception of Mary, honored as the New Ark of the New Covenant, is celebrated every year on December 8 by the Holy Roman Catholic Church.10 “They shall make an ark of acacia wood; two cubits and a half shall be its length, a cubit and a half its breadth, and a cubit and a half its height. 11 And you shall overlay it with pure gold, within and without shall you overlay it, and you shall make upon it a molding of gold round about. 12 And you shall cast four rings of gold for it and put them on its four feet, two rings on the one side of it, and two rings on the other side of it. 13 You shall make poles of acacia wood, and overlay them with gold.

The Solemnity of Jesus Christ, King of the Universe is the last Sunday in Ordinary Time in the liturgical year of the Catholic Church.31 When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on his glorious throne. 32 Before him will be gathered all the nations, and he will separate them one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats, 33 and he will place the sheep at his right hand, but the goats at the left.

This is the statue of Our Lady, Star of the Sea in the Basilica of Our Lady (Maastricht), the most important Marian shrine of the Netherlands.10 A good wife who can find? She is far more precious than jewels. 11 The heart of her husband trusts in her, and he will have no lack of gain. 12 She does him good, and not harm, all the days of her life. 13 She seeks wool and flax, and works with willing hands. 14 She is like the ships of the merchant, she brings her food from afar. 15 She rises while it is yet night and provides food for her household and tasks for her maidens.

In the Book of Wisdom in the Old Testament of the Bible, Wisdom represents the Blessed Virgin Mary.12 Wisdom is radiant and unfading, and she is easily discerned by those who love her, and is found by those who seek her. 13 She hastens to make herself known to those who desire her. 14 He who rises early to seek her will have no difficulty, for he will find her sitting at his gates. 15 To fix one’s thought on her is perfect understanding, and he who is vigilant on her account will soon be free from care, 16 because she goes about seeking those worthy of her, and she graciously appears to them in their paths, and meets them in every thought.

This compassionate artwork by James Jacques Joseph Tissot, 1836-1902, shows a Good Samaritan man picking up the almost-dead body of a stranger.The corporal works of mercy: (1) Feed the hungry. (2) Give drink to the thirsty. (3) Clothe the naked. (4) Shelter the homeless. (5) Visit the sick. (6) Visit the imprisoned. (7) Bury the dead.

The Blessed Virgin Mary is depicted in this special artwork as Our Lady of the Rosary.October is traditionally remembered as the Month of the Most Holy Rosary. It is also Respect Life Month. Therefore, one of our special Rosary intentions should be the petition to renew a Culture of Life in the world. Every day, if possible, pray the Rosary with your family. One reason why the Rosary is such a powerful family prayer is because it’s all about the life of a family who should be our model, our standard of holiness: the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph. In the Holy Family Prayer Book, for example, there is a section on praying the Family Life Rosary.

This is an image of a denarius coin in the time of Jesus Christ, which reads: Caesar Augustus Tiberius, son of the Divine Augustus.15 The Pharisees went and took counsel on how to entangle Jesus in his speech.16 And they sent their disciples to him, along with the Herodians, saying, “Teacher, we know that you are true, and teach the way of God truthfully, and care for no man; for you do not regard the position of men. 17 Tell us, then, what you think. Is it lawful to pay taxes to Caesar or not?”