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On Family Togetherness

In his November 11 weekly address, Pope Francis spoke of the importance of families spending time together, particularly around the family table. He also cautioned against overuse of technology in homes.

Adopting – A Gift from God

Dennis shares his family’s story of adopting a little boy from Russia over 20 years ago. “As I reflect back, I really believe that God was in complete control over the entire adoption process.”

A Special Family: Shaped by Down Syndrome, Grief and Grace

A Special Family: Shaped by Down Syndrome, Grief and Grace

November is traditionally a time we pray for our family members and friends who have passed away, and it is also National Adoption Month. This touching first-person story touches on both of these topics, showing how God can bring beauty out of suffering.

Family: The More the Merrier

You’ve probably heard it said that you don’t just marry your spouse, you also marry his or her family.

On Promises Made Between Husband and Wife

“Fidelity to promises is truly a masterpiece of humanity!” Pope Francis shares how fidelity is essential to love.

Opening Addresses for the Synod

Pope Francis shares beautiful words about the family as the Synod opens.

On the Apostolic Visit to Cuba and the United States

Pope Francis’ reflections on his journey to Cuba and the United States.

Family Pilgrimage

Josh and his family went to the World Meeting of Families in Philly! The theme was “Love is Our Mission.”

Papal Visit Wrap-Up

Pope Francis spoke multiple times about marriage and the family during his visit to the U.S. – read them all here!

On the Universal Importance of the Family

In this concluding address to his series on the family, Pope Francis emphasized the family’s importance for the whole world: God’s promise is still and always valid.

On the Family and Christian Community

Families should feel at home in the Church, and the Church should feel like a family, said Pope Francis at his weekly general audience.

On Work and the Family

In a general audience on August 19, 2015, Pope Francis spoke about the dignity of work within the family and the necessity of ensuring that the working world is family-oriented.

On Celebration in the Family

In his general audience on August 12, 2015, Pope Francis spoke about the goodness of celebration, an occasion that reminds us of our likeness with God, especially when it involves the family.

Tension in the Family Mediated by Grandparents

In an address to the Eucharistic Youth Movement on August 7, 2015, Pope Francis spoke about the normalcy of tension within the family and urged that grandparents, whose patience and experience enables them to deal well with conflict, be included in the family.

Learning to Suffer Well

Mary Jo reflects on the grace of joining her suffering to Christ’s, a lesson she learned when she sought the solace of prayer and solitude at a lake while on vacation.

Our New Family

Megan muses about events surrounding her recent marriage, particularly focusing on the awe and joy she felt when she realized that she and Juan are now a “new tiny little family.”

Message to the Knights of Columbus

On August 1, 2015, Pope Francis sent a message to the Knights of Columbus for their 133rd Supreme Convention, thanking them for their defense of marriage and family life.

On Ministry to Divorced and Remarried Catholics

On August 5, 2015, Pope Francis spoke about lovingly ministering to divorced and remarried Catholic and their families as the Good Shepherd would.

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!

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