My husband and I were saying prayers for dinner and he mentioned gratitude for the three F’s:
FAMILY, FRIENDS, and FOOD.
He’s a big eater, so food has to be up there, haha.
God nourishes us with family, friends, and food. To fully live, we need these three.
1. Family “(from Latin: familia) is a group of people affiliated by consanguinity (by recognized birth), affinity(by marriage), or co-residence and/or shared consumption.” They support us no matter what. They help us through the hard trials and celebrate our joys. They teach us as we grow old. The kind of love shared in a family is selfless unconditional love. We are bound to them by relation.
Zenit writes in an article on catholiceducation.org regarding family in the Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church.
“For each individual the family is the cradle of life and love where they are born and grow. (No. 212) The climate of affection that unites the family is also where we learn about truth and goodness. Moreover, the family unit is a community of persons where moral values are taught and the spiritual and cultural heritage of society are passed on. The family is also essential in ensuring people are strong in their commitments, and promote both social responsibility and solidarity.”
Much of our life, the memories we hold, the relationships we have, the traditions and beliefs we value point back to family.
*What do you love about your family? What values and traditions do you most appreciate from your family’s teachings?
2. Friendship “is a relationship of mutual affection between two or more people”, outside of the family home. Though friends are outside our home, they play a big part in our well being and journey in life. There is a level of bonding that family sometimes doesn’t provide – a sense of understanding, someone you can confide in. They might have more in common with you than any family member. I know that friends have helped me see in a different perspective; because they’ve grown up in a different home, and I can converse with them on their opinions and understandings about things that I wouldn’t have considered. Friends make life more fun, providing chances to get out of the house, socialize, and share common hobbies and interests.
*Who are your close and trustworthy friends? What do you like most about your friends?
3. Food. The complexity of textures, flavors, colors, and smells is heavenly! The body is truly amazing in how it can take food from the earth and break it down into nutrients that help us function in our daily living.
Food is central to culture, society, and relationships. “What we consume, how we acquire it, who prepares it, who’s at the table, and who eats first is a form of communication that is rich with meaning.” Food creates a bond with others, especially family, when we come to share a meal together.
I pray that we can all be blessed with good food for good health and social bonding.
*What is your favorite meal? What memories do you hold with family and/or friends coming together for a special meal?
Lord, thank you for family, friends, and good food. Let us celebrate your abundance in food and relationships. May we cherish all that we have. Amen.