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The Silent Anguish

Posted by Xavier Thelakkatt on December 23, 2015 at 12:15 AM

               The darkness in the early hours was deep. My thirteen-year-old brother had not returned home. In the afternoon he had left towards the neighborhood lakes with his fishing line. The lakes were deep and the night was dark; he was alone. There was reason for concern. My parents plunged themselves into a panic mode. Dad left with a flash light in hand and Mom made us kneel before the Sacred Heart to pray. Minutes felt like hours and in half hour the back door of the house opened, and Dad brought him home. He hadn’t caught any fish. But his fishing career had just come to an abrupt end. Not a word was spoken that night, but later we learned it all. Sitting on the lakeshore alone, focused on the deep blue waters, he had grown unaware of the passing of time and nightfall.

           What makes one a parent? It’s not merely the fact of giving birth, but the sufferings one endures for children. Anxieties and concerns for children’s safety and well-being often consume the parents. It is those struggles that make the bond stronger and stronger. The parents of Jesus were no exception. Mary suffered silently keeping “all these things in her heart” (Lk 2:52). It is the willingness to endure pain for the other is what makes a family holy.


The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph Sir 3:2-6. 12-14; Col 3:12-21; Lk 2: 41-52

 

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3 Comments

Reply Caroline Adams
6:55 AM on December 24, 2015 
HAVE A BLESSED CHRISTMAS, FR. XAVIER. Your reflection for the Silent Anguish is true..."willingness to endure pain for the other is what makes a family holy." That is what Jesus did for us as did Our Blessed Mother. I love this mother who knelt in prayer before the Sacred Heart, lifting up her son in prayer. In humble appeal, I ask for prayers for my nephew, Diego Borrego, who is 42 years old, married with 2 young children, and was recently hospitalize for an enlarged heart. All tests done so far have been negative. He has never been ill or hospitalized until now. We humbly ask for prayers for him and his family...may God's love, mercy, and grace help him endure all. Thank you for your prayers. God bless you, Fr. Xavier for all you do working in God's vineyard.
Reply Deborah Praught
9:49 AM on December 26, 2015 
Christmas blessings and greetings, Fr. Xavier. Thank you for your words of wisdom and the beautiful reminder of the growing depth of love in what we suffer for one another in parenting and family life.
Our boys sure miss serving for you at the altar. We hope all is well and wish you a very Merry Christmas and a safe and happy New Year.
Reply clarene shallbetter
1:18 AM on January 3, 2016 
HAPPY NEW YEAR Fr. Xavier. I miss you. Please send an e-mail address or a street address so I can send you mail, including a Christmas card. Hope you are well.
Clarence Shallbetter