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Highlights from Pope Francis’ Latin American Trip: On the Family

Pope Francis continued to speak about the family during his pastoral visit to Latin America, July 5th – 13th, with a particular emphasis on the Church’s mother, Mary.


The Wedding at Cana Reflected in the Family

While in Ecuador, Pope Francis delivered a homily and meditated on the intersection of the Gospel story of the Wedding at Cana and family life today.


Anger and Sadness Turned Inside Out

Josh reflects on recognizing bits of himself and his wife in the Pixar film Inside Out. Adults, too, can relate to children’s movies!


Reading Laudato Si in Light of Sexuality, Marriage, and Family Life

Reading Laudato Si in Light of Sexuality, Marriage, and Family Life

Pope Francis’ second encyclical, Laudato Si, informs our relationship not only with the earth but also with each other. Read what he has to say about human ecology, the objectification of creation, and the “throwaway culture” – themes that also relate to marriage and family life.


On Family Wounds: Do Not Scandalize the Little Ones

In his Wednesday general audience, Pope Francis addressed the wounds which radiate from a difficult relationship between parents to their children.


Hope as a Response to Death in the Family

In his general audience, Pope Francis speaks about how a hopeful response to death in the family can strengthen familial bonds.


“Responsorial Psalmnesia” and Other Catholic Disorders

With light-hearted reflection, Mary Jo enumerates several religious “disorders” that are common in her family. Raising saints can include joy…and humor!


On the Importance of Ministry to Single Parents and Their Children

Pope Francis speaks to the Latvian and Estonian bishops about the importance of strengthening their family ministry, especially with the rise of single-parent families.


On Sickness and Suffering of Family Members

Pope Francis addresses the extreme difficulty as well as the gift that suffering and sickness can be for families.


The Beauty of Complementarity and the Treasure of Marriage

Pope Francis urges the Puerto Rican bishops to continue their ministry to families and comments on the beauty of gender complementarity and marriage.


On Poverty and the Family

Pope Francis reminds us to reach out to families living in poverty. He encourages voluntary simplicity and says that poverty “is not just a matter of bread”.


On the Education of Children

As part of his continuing reflections on the family, the pope exhorts parents to educate their children.


Marriage Enriches the Church

Christian marriage is “a sacrament that takes place in the Church and makes the Church.” In his weekly General Audience, Pope Francis reflected on how the Church is enriched by Christian marriages.


Chapter Five: Parenting with the Strength of God

Chapter Five: Parenting with the Strength of God

Parenting is not an easy task, but when spouses rely on God they are strengthened and supported by His grace. A reflection by Tim Roder on the World Meeting of Families Catechesis, Chapter 5.


Making Peace With Change

Times of change occur in every family, and sometimes adjusting to new situations is difficult. Yet, for a family of faith, God is always the one guiding those changes.


Chapter Four: Daily Choices for Love

Chapter Four: Daily Choices for Love

A reflection on the fourth chapter of the World Meeting of Families Catechesis explains how in every relationship, love is comprised of many daily choices. We are all called to a “culture of encounter,” where we choose to put the good of the other first.


On the Sufferings of Children

“Children are never a mistake,” says Pope Francis. Yet all too often, children experience sufferings that demean their worth. What can you do to help?


Prayers to the Holy Family for the Synod on the Family

On the solemnity of the Annunciation, inspired by Jesus’s conception into a true human family, Pope Francis renewed the Church’s prayer for the upcoming Ordinary Synod on the Family.


Chapter Two: “The Best Way”

Chapter Two: “The Best Way”

In reflecting on the second chapter of the World Meeting of Families Catechesis, we see that being made in the image of God truly impacts the nature of married love. Spouses are called to share in the life of God Himself.


Chapter Two: Speaking of Love: From Adolescence to Adulthood

Chapter Two: Speaking of Love: From Adolescence to Adulthood

This is a reflection on the second chapter of the World Meeting of Families Catechesis, “The Mission of Love.” Human love is meant to be a reflection of God’s love for his people. Both the emotional and stable aspects of love can reveal God’s love to us.


The Family’s Care for the Elderly

Speaking to the Pontifical Academy for Life, Pope Francis encouraged everyone – and especially families – to care tenderly for the elderly and those close to death.


The Neglect of Grandparents

Pope Francis focused his weekly catechesis on the family on the topic of grandparents, in which he spoke about society’s neglect of their care.


Restorative Niche Activities

Stacey shares how she and Josh take time to engage in their own fun activities to help restore their energy and motivation in their daily lives.


The Positive Roles of Fathers

Pope Francis continues his reflections on fatherhood by now speaking of the great vocation that Christian fathers are called to.


Committed to the Family

Pope Francis spoke with the Bishops of Lithuania about threats to the family and the Church’s commitment to families.


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