Alexis Dallara-Marsh reflects on the humility and virtues of the Holy Family.
It is fitting to always reflect on the virtues of the Holy Family, but particularly so during Advent. In a modern-day world that prides itself on fame and power, the simple humility exemplified by Joseph, Mary, and Jesus cannot hold more relevance. Joseph was a "just man and unwilling to put her to shame."
How quick most are to point fingers in order to protect their own self-dignity. It helps to call to mind the Litany of Humility, which asks Christ Jesus to deliver us from a fear of being humiliated, despised, ridiculed, or wronged. The Holy Family is the epitome of this prayer, as we see each—Joseph, Mary, and the baby Jesus—set aside love of oneself and in place, reflect the glory of God.
How can you embrace the Humility of the Holy Family in your everyday life?
Jesus, grant me the grace to desire that others may be chosen and I set aside. Jesus, grant me the grace to desire that others may be loved more than I.
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About the Author
Dr. Alexis Dallara-Marsh is a board-certified neurologist who practices in Bergen County, NJ. She is a wife to her best friend, Akeem, and a mother of two little ones on Earth, plus two others in Heaven above.