Moses spoke to the people and said: "Now, Israel, hear the statutes and decrees which I am teaching you to observe, that you may live, and may enter in and take possession of the land which the LORD, the God of your fathers, is giving you... "However, take care and be earnestly on your guard not to forget the things which your own eyes have seen, nor let them slip from your memory as long as you live, but teach them to your children and to your children's children." (Deuteronomy 4:1,9)
One thing I missed during my recent trip home Vietnam was family time around the dinning table where an older generation and siblings toll long-told family stories filled with anecdotes of triumph, heartache, survival and loss. Instead, Moms and Dads were too busy responding to the children demands “I want this, I want that!” then mobile devices became a bribable technique to get their attentions. Children eyes were mesmerized by video games and television show. Likewise, Moses, in the wilderness of the desert, sees the Israel were too distracted and demanding. They become so forgetful and not counting God’s benefit. He reminds the them the important of sharing your legacy to your children or to the younger generation. There is no doubt that family is changing in unhealthy ways due to lack of engagement within it members both at spiritual and relational level. If we don’t take time to be with your children and share with them your life stories, they will get it from elsewhere and you will regret for what they see and hear.
Do you have family time free from mobile devices and television?
Do you want to be a hero to your children?
What you want to hand on to the next generation?
Let’s take time to share your important stories today.
Peace in Christ,
Father Vincent-Vuong Nguyen
Please take some time this Lent to attend one of the following penance services where you encounter the power of God’s merciful love.
Today 7:00 pm, St. Paul
March 8, Thursday, 7:00 pm, St. Clare
March 13, Tuesday, 7:00 pm, St. Mary League City
March 15, Thursday, 7:00 pm, St. Helen
Sent by Fr. Vincent Nguyen on Wednesday, March 7 at 6:55AM