Happy Grandparents Day!
Today, July 26, 2016, marks the official feast day of Sts. Joachim and Anne, the parents of our blessed Virgin Mary and grandparents of our Savior Jesus Christ. At CCL, we have also chosen them as patron saints of our ministry. In the Bible, there is no actual historical account of these two, and the little information there is comes from tradition and apocryphal writings (not divinely inspired). However, there is no doubt of the love and caring nature they instilled within Mary to be able to accept the task that the angel Gabriel bestowed upon her many years later.
While Mary was unquestionably a woman of strong character, I believe that this first began with her parents. Ultimately, it was their responsibility to make sure that Mary grew up knowing the power of prayer and love. Because of Sts. Joachim and Anne, Mary was raised as a compassionate and loving woman who, although a virgin, willingly accepted the responsibility to bear Jesus. As the grandparents of Jesus, Sts. Joachim and Anne set the tone of the entire family and were able to instill such amazing qualities in Mary, who then went on to instill them in Jesus.
Keeping all of this in mind, I believe that there is definitely one important take away that we can learn from Sts. Joachim and Anne: the importance of the family. As Catholics, the family is everything. Since our birth, it has been entrusted to our parents to instill the values of love and compassion into our lives. It doesn’t happen automatically. I mean, how many of us can actually say that we would have grown up in the Church if it wasn’t for our parents taking us every weekend? Our families are our stronghold and have laid the foundation for us to be the people we are today. Without that, who knows where we would be.
On this feast day of Sts. Joachim and Anne, let us take time to thank God and our families for everything they do for us. While we might not always get along with them, there is absolutely no doubt that our families love us unconditionally, just like Sts. Joachim and Anne loved Mary, and Mary loved Jesus.
— Megan Pryatel