It is in the bosom of the family that parents are "by word and example . . . the first heralds of the faith with regard to their children. "
Forty eight years ago today, my parents were married. And the foundation for my own marriage and family life was laid. My parents have four children still here on earth and three in heaven. Through the many crosses and joys of family life they taught us that the practice of our faith was most important; that our success in life was our personal responsibility; that family life required selflessness; and that love permeated a happy home.
This year we honor the anniversary of that sacrament with sadness in our hearts as we mark another first since my Dad died. However, with the eyes of faith, there is no sadness without joy--the joy of knowing that our goal is that we will all be together again in heaven, some day.