Our Lady of the Holy Family of Nazareth Shrine

 

Duc in altum! Cast Out into the Deep! These words ring out for us today, and they invite us to remember the past with gratitude, to live the present with enthusiasm and to look forward to the future with confidence: "Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and for ever" (Heb 13:8).  Novo Millennium Inuente, Apostolic letter of Pope John Paul II on the Coming of the Thrid Christian Millennium.

This is the Virtual Home for the future earthly Shrine of Our Lady of the Holy Family Monastery.  

 

Pope John Paul II has taught and Pope Benedict XVI has affirmed that the family is the most fundamental unit of society.  

 

The Holy Trinity, which is the central mystery of the christian faith, is also the eternal and heavenly source of all life and love, and is most perfectly reflected on earth in the model of the Holy Family of Nazareth.

 

It is my intent and hope as the deliverer of this Marian message to the People of God of Brevard County, that this Monastic Shrine will serve as a place for reflection upon this central mystery of the christian faith as incarnated in the Holy Family of Nazareth with the purpose of a renewal of Family and Parish life.

 

The fruit of this reflection will help us to become, through pastoral application and growth in true charity, more closely aligned with the vision which God has that the Catholic Community in Brevard County might become a model christian community for the Catholic Church in the United States.

 

Out of this lived reality of Christian communal love will arise the renewal of family life and thus the renewal of our nation.

 

 

The Monastery and Shrine of Our Lady of the Holy Family of Nazareth should be a Spiritual Sanctuary for the Catholic families and individuals, homeless pilgrims in life's journey and other travelers on the Space Coast and the I-95 corridor. 

 

This should be a place where the Liturgy of the Hours, the Mass and the Eucharist are brought to perfection through the the combination of prayerful preparation and attention to purity of heart in combination with the Divine working of grace.

 

Sacramental Reconciliation should be offered frequently as a part of this goal of purity of heart.  Purity of heart will help the People of God in Brevard County to maintain the proper focus and vision of what a model christian community should look like as the scripture reminds us that the pure of heart will surely see God.

 

A place where the people of God with means can encounter those of our brothers and sisters in the Family of God who are not able to meet their basic needs.  

 

A place where Maryís Heart beats in time with He Sonís Sacred Heart. It will also, hopefully be approved and designated as an Oratory for the public preaching and exhortation of the faithful and people of good will to conform their lives to the Gospel.

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