Value Your Family

I love this message from the Pope.  An emotionally healthy family really makes for a healthy society.  Before signing up for that PTO committee, before spending an extra hour or so at work in order to advance a career, before going to yet another party, before getting sucked into an hour (or so ...) of facebook, think about your family.  Is there something you can/should do for them first?
It is a bad habit of many to think that our family members won't be adversely affected by hours of networking, volunteering, working, sitting on committees, watching TV, etc.
 Doing works of charity and volunteering for society is important, but we must strive to tend to our gifts from God ... our families ... first
And give our left-over energy to the rest.
Those who trouble their household inherit the wind,
and fools become slaves to the wise of heart.
The family is the "original cell of social life."  The family is the community in which, from childhood, one can learn moral values, begin to honor God, and make good use of freedom.  Family life is an initiation into life in society.   ~ CCC 2207
The Holy Family
by Diego González de la Vega (1662)