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St. Ephrem of Syria


Tobit 11:5-17
Psalm 146:1-2, 6-10
Mark 12:35-37

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holy, happy, healing families

"Raphael said to Tobiah before he reached his father: 'I am certain that his eyes will be opened. Smear the fish gall on them.' " —Tobit 11:7-8

The Lord healed Tobit of blindness through:

  • the archangel Raphael,
  • the medicine of fish gall,
  • his son, Tobiah, and
  • his son's homecoming.

Family members and the home are often the main people and places the Lord chooses to heal.

We use the expression: "When you get home from the hospital, you'll feel better." Thus, we intimate that the Lord heals through the family and the home. So let us accept God's grace to make our families holy. This will make our homes happy and healing "domestic churches" (see Catechism, 1655ff), dwelling places for God.

Many homes are hurtful. They make people sick. Yet homes with holy families heal people. Let the Lord make you and your home holy, happy, and healing.

Prayer:  Father, I repent of sin, bitterness, and unforgiveness in my family.

Promise:  "The crowd heard this with delight." —Mk 12:37

Praise:  St. Ephrem abandoned his heritage to help heal his Christian brothers and sisters in the city.

Reference:  (Make your home holy, happy, and healing by reading the Bible every day. We have several series to help you. Overview of the Bible is six CDs starting with CD 10 A-1, or audio tape AV 10 A-1. 15 Minute Bible Teaching - New Testament is forty CDs with detail teaching as to chapter and verse starting with CD 700 or audio tape 700. An Introduction to Each Book of the Bible is thirty two CDs starting with CD 21-1 or audio tape AV 21-1.)

Rescript:  †Most Reverend Joseph R. Binzer, Auxiliary Bishop, Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, February 22, 2017

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