On the 22nd we remember the blessed Apostle Timothy.
What is wonderful to consider about this blessed Apostle is his youthful love and zeal for the Lord, and how it was cultivated by a faithful household. His mother, Eunice, and his grandmother, Lois, are noted for their piety and faith by the Apostle Paul (2 Tim. 1:5 commemorated on Aug. 19th).
Indeed there is no greater blessing for children then a family that prays together, offers thanksgiving together, asks the Lord for his mercy together, even if in simple prayers before a meal or at bedtime.
In living this kind of life, we are better able to see the Love of the Lord around our families, friends and communities, and not just the darkness that threatens any aspect of family life (and there is a lot of that!).
St. Timothy served as a bishop in Ephesus after the Apostle John was exiled, and offered himself up to the Lord as a martyr around the year 93
By the prayers of the Holy Apostle Timothy, may we always encourage and bless that youthful zeal and love of the Lord in our children, and like him “be an example to the believers in speech and conduct, in love, in faith, in purity” (1 Tim. 4:12).