Thought for the Day – 18 November – Our Parish

Thought for the Day – 18 November – Meditations with Antonio Cardinal Bacci (1881-1971)

Our Parish

“Just as every Christian belongs to a family, so also, he belongs to a Parish.
The Parish should be the necessary complement of the family, in which everyone can receive the complete formation which he needs.
The family is the first cell in the organism of the Church.
The parents should regard their duties as Sacred and, in a way, Priestly.
They are joined together, not only for the purpose of procreating children but, also of educating them.
This is a lifty honour and responsibility.
They do not possess, however, the means of completing the education of their children.
They can do a great deal but they cannot do everything, for they are not, in fact, Priests possessing the necessary means of communicating the supernatural life through the Sacraments and through the authoritative Word of God.

Parents are the natural guardians of their children but, in the Church, there is a spiritual father to assist them, namely, the Parish Priest.
No good Catholic should ignore the existence of his Parish Priest and of his Parish.
In his Parish Church, he has received the priceless gift of supernatural life through the Sacrament of Baptism.
There too, he recited his childhood prayers, obtained forgiveness for his sins in the Confessional, received the Sacrament of Confirmation, made his First Holy Communion and received, perhaps, the Nuptial blessing at his marriage.
There will come a day when he will be borne to his Parish Church for the last time, to receive from the Priest, his final blessing and prayers for the repose of his soul.

We should love our Parish, therefore, in the same way as we love our family and, we should cherish our Parish Church.
It is not enough to visit any Church but, we should give pride of place to our own, which houses our spiritual family and our spiritual history and holds, for us, so many precious memories of the past.
We ought to make a special point of attending it, for our own benefit and that of our children and in order to give good example.

Antonio Cardinal Bacci



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3 thoughts on “Thought for the Day – 18 November – Our Parish

  1. Dropping in. Thank you for prayers. We’ll went to doctors, not strep, just horrible sinuses thank goodness. Trying another antibiotics, going next month for allergy test…
    Hope you haveca very blessed weekend 🙃


  2. Dropping in. Thank you for prayers. We’ll went to doctors, not strep, just horrible sinuses thank goodness. Trying another antibiotics, going next month for allergy test…
    Hope you have a very blessed weekend 🙃

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