Marybeth Hicks

• And resisting the temptation to gossip or hold our family members to a standard we ourselves can't keep.

Above all else, Father Krupp reminded us to put God first in our families, and to accept the essential truth of that old cliche, "The family that prays together, stays together."

All of these are simple habits we can adopt to foster the love and harmony that families are meant to embody. It's a short but powerful list, if you think about it.

Sitting in the pew on Sunday, our four children sandwiched between my husband and me, I realized that the message I heard encouraging my own family is the message we all must embrace to rescue a nation whose foundations have grown dangerously unstable.

In 2011, living counterculturally and restoring the strength and unity of our families will also restore our communities, our nation, and ultimately, the world. In the year ahead, I pray that God will build a hedge of protection around your family, and that you'll enjoy all the health, holiness and love that a counterculture family life can provide.

Happy New Year!

Marybeth Hicks

Marybeth Hicks is the author of Don't Let the Kids Drink the Kool-Aid: Confronting the Left's Assault on Our Families, Faith, and Freedom (Regnery Publishers, 2011).

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