Posts Tagged ‘Family’

Opening of the Synod of Bishops on the Family

Saturday, October 3rd, 2015

Though the World Meeting of Families is a triannual event, this year’s gathering in Philadelphia was particularly significant as it served as a joyful introduction to the most important themes of the XIV Ordinary Assembly of the Synod of Bishops which begins in Rome tomorrow and will end on October 25. We often hear Pope […] [Read more]

Prayer for the World Meeting of Families

Sunday, September 27th, 2015

As our Holy Father, Pope Francis, concludes the Eighth World Meeting of Families with a celebration of the Holy Eucharist, in communion with him and all our sisters and brothers at this gathering and throughout the world, we pray: + God and Father of us all, in Jesus, your Son and our Savior, you have […] [Read more]

Familiaris Consortio and the Gift of Children

Friday, August 21st, 2015

Thirty-five years ago, early in his pontificate, Saint John Paul II convened a Synod of Bishops to reflect on the mission of the Christian family in the modern world. This 1980 gathering was followed a year later by the Pope’s apostolic exhortation on the family, Familiaris Consortio. This momentous document has guided the Church ever […] [Read more]

The Fundamental Vocation of the Family

Tuesday, September 30th, 2014

One of the most well-known and often repeated statements of Saint John Paul II – “The future of humanity passes by way of the family” – rings as true today as when he wrote it in 1981 in the conclusion of his apostolic exhortation, Familiaris Consortio (The Christian Family in the Modern World, 86). That […] [Read more]

Jesus Christ and the Vocation of the Human Person

Tuesday, February 18th, 2014

The Valentine’s Day blog took up the topic of small acts of love that are integral to happy family life.  The reason they are so important is that they foster growth in love, preparing us for those greater acts of self-sacrifice that are needed when a family faces difficult circumstances such as a serious illness […] [Read more]

Memorial of Saints Joachim and Anne: Model for an Evangelizing Family

Friday, July 26th, 2013

From as far back as the second century, the names of the Virgin Mary’s parents have been known as Joachim and Anne. Today, the Church commemorates their lives and invites us to consider how marriage and family are “ordained to fulfillment in Christ” (Ephesians 5).  The Church can make such a bold statement for two […] [Read more]

Thanksgiving – Our Civil “Holy Day”

Thursday, November 22nd, 2012

Thanksgiving Day is the closest thing we have to a national holy day.  Even in the wake of the tsunami of secularism that has swamped our culture, on this day we Americans not only ask God to bless us, but we return thanks to God for the blessings we so abundantly and regularly receive.  In […] [Read more]