What has happened to the family? These days it seems there are no happy families anymore. Divorce tears families apart. Abuse destroys the meaning of love and protection. Arguments and hurt feelings estrange parents from children. Adults live full lives that rarely or never include other family members because of disagreements. Couples cohabitate instead of marrying because they fear divorce, yet they eventually go their own ways in the end.The family is under attack like never before. This is the age of the broken heart.
But it’s not just your heart, not just mine. Christ’s heart is broken. Christ, the One who is Love itself, grieves over the hurts we inflict upon each other and suffers with those who are left out in the cold. Our Blessed Mother’s heart breaks, too. Her only desire is to see the world come to her Son and her heart is broken as she watches us turn away.
But it’s not too late. All is not lost just yet. Each day is a clean slate, a new chance to change. Society has not yet slipped off the edge of the cliff and you can affect a change, but it must begin with you. Your personal choices, your thoughts, words, and actions, your closeness to God. This is what changing society depends upon.
Today, take a step toward real change. Take a step toward doing things differently; patience, honesty, kind words. Take a step toward love.