Homily for the 4th Sunday of Lent: Four Lessons for Healing our Families

I remember a CDC teacher who was preparing kids for First Holy Communion who asked the kids to tell her who suffered most in the story of the Prodigal Son. One little child said, “it was the fatted calf that suffered most because they killed him for the feast.” Beyond this joke lies a truth that we all know, everyone suffers when a family is fighting over money, ego, inheritance, and rights, or any other issue for that matter. Everyone suffers when there is a breakdown of family relations; when a family member is stonewalling and refusing to communicate or decides to walk away; all are in pain where there is a family breakdown no matter how people may pretend that they have moved on. In this homily, Fr Stan Chu Ilo proposes four steps found in the story of the Prodigal Son for restoring broken family relations.

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