Tracing your family tree

This is the genealogy of Jesus the Messiah the son of David, the son of Abraham:  Abraham was the father of Isaac,    Isaac the father of Jacob,    Jacob the father of Judah and his brothers,   Judah the father of Perez and Zerah, whose mother was Tamar,    Perez the father of Hezron,    Hezron the father of Ram,   Ram the father of Amminadab,    Amminadab the father of Nahshon,    Nahshon the father of Salmon,   Salmon the father of Boaz, whose mother was Rahab,    Boaz the father of Obed, whose mother was Ruth,    Obed the father of Jesse,  and Jesse the father of King David. -Matthew 1:1-6

This week, when you’re learning more about the Holy Family, take some time to consider your own family tree and how your ancestors have impacted your faith.  You may not be able to trace your family back 14 generations like Jesus did above, but if you have any faith-related stories, this would be a perfect time to pass them on to your kids.  Do you remember praying the rosary before bed with Aunt Nellie?  Did you always attend Mass as a family when you visited great-grandpa?  Do you have photos of your mother or grandmother in her first Communion dress?

Share these stories this week and as you get together with family members at Christmas and reinforce your identity as a Catholic family!

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