by | Jan 10, 2024 | Church, Liturgy, Spirituality, Teachings

Going into Exile:

Exile must be scary! I can’t help wondering about what life must have been like for the Holy Family after the departure of the three kings. We know the angel instructed St Joseph to get to the safety of Egypt. I wonder how safe it was? I suppose it must have been relatively safe. Indeed, much safer for whatever period it needed to be because frankly the brutal, merciless, cruel intentions and actions of Herod made it so.

The Holy Family went into exile under the sacrificial protection of the precious blood of the Holy Innocents. The moral and spiritual power of their martyrdom must have given added protection for their journey to Egypt.

The Unknown:

We don’t know how long they had to stay. Was Jesus still a baby or was he a toddler or older by the time Joseph got the “all clear” to return to Nazareth?

One thing is for sure. The Holy Family was safe where they were, however, strange and foreign and challenging it must have been.  And life can be a bit like that for us at times. We can feel forced out of our comfort zones and habits of routine or even have to physically be somewhere else doing something else for a time or indefinite period. The point is to trust that we are never out of Gods loving care. We are where we are supposed to be at that point even in pain and suffering and hardship.

Exile even existential exile need not cut us off completely from our roots and like the Holy Family grace will guide us back to where we belong more. Their time in Egypt must surely have made them stronger and more resilient to face the future. Our struggles and discomforts, long or short, can do the same if we surrender our will to Him and face our fears, especially in prayer.

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Edmund Adamus

Edmund and his wife Catherine have been married for almost 18 years and have been blessed with 3 children; Patrick (who awaits them in Heaven), Paul and Beatrice. After 13 years of ministry in the Salford diocese and gaining a Master's in moral theology, he served the Archdiocese of Westminster from 2003-16 as Director for Pastoral Affairs/Marriage & Family Life. He successfully established the Annual Mass of Thanksgiving for Matrimony in Westminster cathedral as well as the Annual Theology of the Body Lecture series hosting world renowned scholars such as Michael Waldstein, Janet Smith and Christopher West. Christian Meert was also among those speakers. All his work both past and present has been through the prism of the truths of Humanae vitae. Since 2019 he has been Education Consultant to the relationships and sexuality formation project 'A Fertile Heart: Receiving & Giving Creative Love'. As freelance consultant he works as Secretary to the Commission of Inquiry into Discrimination Against Christians in the UK and has just been appointed Executive Director for the UK branch of the International Voluntary Solidarity Fund

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