Amid the challenges of modern-day parenting and family life, Tom who, together with his wife, have been facilitating premarital sessions in several Kenyan Parishes since 1985 reminded married couples that just like them, St. Joseph and his family faced hurdles and overcame them and went on to “live happily as the Holy Family of Nazareth.”
“We too can do the same based on the challenges that we are facing now,” Tom added during the March 19 two-hour virtual event, and underscored the need for a positive attitude, togetherness and sharing as spouses in order to overcome life’s hurdles.
Towards becoming like the Holy Family of Nazareth, Lynette who, alongside her husband, have been Married Couples’ Pacifiers since 2002, called on spouses to adhere to the “Three Cs” of a relationship - communication, cooperation, and commitment.”
On his part, the Chaplain of Families and Marriages in Kenya’s Archdiocese of Nairobi, Fr. Simon Peter Kamomoe whose presentation focused on the virtues of St. Joseph called on husbands to entrust their marriages to God just like St. Joseph did.
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Making reference to husbands, Fr. Kamomoe further said, “They should not just take that responsibility on their own without God’s support, inspiration and graces. They need to bring God on board in their marriage. They need divine support and providence to help them face the challenges they encounter.”
"St. Joseph was able to face the challenges because he had faith and trust in God and depended on God in everything that was coming along,” Fr. Kamomoe who has been nicknamed the “Father of families” due to his passion for family life added during the March 19 webinar under the auspices of the Pauline Sisters in Nairobi Archdiocese.
According to the Clergy of Nairobi Archdiocese, COVID-19 pandemic is an opportunity for Christian fathers to be role models by showing their children how to protect themselves from the disease and from other dangers.
On navigating modern-day challenges facing children such as the consumption of harmful social media content including pornography, Fr. Kamomoe who has authored the book “Marriage Through the Priestly Eye” emphasized the need for parents to have conversations as opposed to “talking to” their young ones lest they appear authoritarian.
He thanked Pope Francis “for giving us this challenge to explore and also dig more about the role of St. Joseph in the economy of salvation.”
Fr. Kamomoe further implored God to bless the Holy Father “with good health of the body and mind to continue guiding and taking care of the flock of the children of God in the world in the world like St. Joseph.”
“May St. Joseph, the Patron Saint of the Universal Church intercede for the Holy Father, for the entire church and also for the Christian families,” Fr. Kamomoe who is the Administrator of the Holy Family Minor Basilica of the Archdiocese of Nairobi implored during the March 19 event.
He also sought the intercession of St. Joseph in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, asking God to “save the world through the fatherly love of St. Joseph.”