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Food for thought

Some Bible passages lend themselves perfectly to family reflection. Their words seem particularly appropriate for family life. They can be good for individual meditation or for family discussion. They can bring us comfort or move us beyond our comfort zones. They are words to inspire, words to challenge and words to provide hope. Here are some of my favorites:

Joshua’s words to the people of Israel in Joshua 24:15

"If it does not please you to serve the LORD, decide today whom you will serve, the gods your fathers served beyond the River or the gods of the Amorites in whose country you are dwelling. As for me and my household, we will serve the LORD."

God’s beautiful words to us from Jeremiah 29:11-12

"For I know well the plans I have in mind for you, says the LORD, plans for your welfare, not for woe! Plans to give you a future full of hope. When you call me, when you go to pray to me, I will listen to you."

The comforting words of Proverbs 22:6

"Train a (child) in the way he should go; even when he is old, he will not swerve from it."

The wise words of Peter in John 6:68-69

"Master, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. We have come to believe and are convinced that you are the Holy One of God."

The story of Jesus and the children from Matthew 18:2-4

"He called a child over, placed it in their midst, and said, ‘Amen, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.’"

It is good for Catholic families to think about and discuss Scripture. These are just a few Bible verses that I find appropriate for family life. Please share some of your favorites in the comments section.

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