Posts Tagged ‘family’
Families should receive a prominent place in the Church’s pastoral care, Pope Benedict XVI told Latin American bishops. He noted the difficulties that families face, including rapid cultural changes, social instability, poverty, and a widespread misunderstanding of sexuality.
Couples should remember when they experience the difficulties that arise in marriage and family life that God’s Word is a source of strong support for them, Pope Benedict XVI says in an apostolic exhortation released Nov. 11 titled “The Word of the Lord” (“Verbum Domini”).
The home is the place where “the most striking and generous” forms of peacemaking are witnessed. Unfortunately, the home also is a place where violence occurs. The Catholic bishops of Australia address both in a statement for Social Justice Sunday, observed Sept. 26 in their country.
Marriage and family life are interwoven themes in this book by theologian David M. Thomas, who challenges parents and other family members to learn to recognize God’s presence in the most ordinary circumstances of their daily life together.
From Follow the Way of Love: What you do in your family to create a community of love, to help each other to grow, and to serve those in need is critical…for the strength of society and our Church.
From Follow the Way of Love: The story of family life is a story about love–shared, nurtured, and sometimes rejected or lost.
From Follow the Way of Love: In every family God is revealed uniquely and personally, for God is love.
From Follow the Way of Love: The Lord issues the call [to follow the way of love] to your family and to every family regardless of its condition or circumstances.
Why does the Catholic Church teach that marriage can exist only between a man and a woman? Marriage, as both a natural institution and a sacred union, is rooted in God’s plan for creation. The truth that marriage can only exist between a man and a woman is woven deeply into the human spirit. The [...]
From Follow the Way of Love: Love brought you to life as a family. Love sustains you in good and bad times.
From Follow the Ways of Love: When the Church teaches that the family is an “intimate community of life and love” it …offers you a vision toward which to grow.
From Follow the Way of Love: A family is our first community and the most basic way in which the Lord gathers us, forms us, and acts in the world. [It is] a domestic church or church of the home.
From On the Family: Marriage and the family constitute one of the most precious of human values.
From On the Family: The Christian family is the first community called to announce the Gospel to the human person.
From On the Family: God’s plan for marriage and the family touches men and women in the concreteness of their daily existence.
From On the Family: It is to the families of our times that the Church must bring the unchangeable and ever new Gospel of Jesus Christ
From On the Family: The situation in which the family finds itself presents positive aspects [which] are a sign of the salvation of Christ operating in the world.
Parenting & Family
From On the Family: The situation in which the family finds itself presents negative aspects: a sign of the refusal [of] the love of God.
From On the Family: [Families need] a continuous, permanent conversion.
What would the world’s comedians do without jokes about in-laws? Cultural images of meddling mothers-in-law, good-for-nothing sons-in-law and intrusive siblings-in-law are so pervasive that they may cloud awareness that our in-laws are important to us–and we to them.
One of the oldest axioms of married life is that two can live more cheaply than one. The facts support the notion that, for a variety of reasons, a married couple can stretch a dollar bill a lot farther than two people living on their own.
If you’re a member of the “sandwich generation,” it’s hard to shake the feeling that if you focus on one generation you’re losing sight of the needs of the other. It can help to remember that taking care of your parent is good for your children, too. How so?
Even in the most blissful of marriages, the interference of in-laws can bring tension and arguments. Here are some strategies for addressing these issues.
Marriage does matter. After all, we’re all in this together. As members of society, we count on each other every day to keep our commitments. We feel more secure when we can depend on others. Although marriage has changed a great deal (see A Snapshot of Marriage in the U.S.), the benefits of marriage endure. [...]