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Pope and Russian Orthodox Patriarch Issue First Ever Joint Declaration

On February 12, 2016, Pope Francis and Russian Orthodox Patriarch H.H. Kirill issued the first ever joint declaration between the two Churches. Speaking on topics from Christian persecution in the Middle East to the importance of family in society, they sought to emphasize the areas of unity between the two Churches.

Why Forgive?

An exposé of the full spectrum of forgiveness, this book uncovers the power of healing even life’s most painful offenses.

“Marriage and Mercy” Retreat Day Seven: Forgiveness in the Family

“Marriage and Mercy” Retreat Day Seven: Forgiveness in the Family

Quote for reflection: “One cannot live without seeking forgiveness, or at least, one cannot live at peace, especially in the family. We wrong one another every day. We must take into account these mistakes, due to our frailty and our selfishness. However, what we are asked to do is to promptly heal the wounds that […]

“Marriage and Mercy” Retreat Day Six: Jesus Shows Us the Face of Mercy

“Marriage and Mercy” Retreat Day Six: Jesus Shows Us the Face of Mercy

Quotes for reflection: “Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.” (Matt 5:7) The Paschal Mystery – Jesus’ death and Resurrection – “bears within itself the most complete revelation of mercy, that is, of that love which is more powerful than death, more powerful than sin and every evil, the love which lifts […]

“Marriage and Mercy” Retreat Day Five: Mercy and Patience

“Marriage and Mercy” Retreat Day Five: Mercy and Patience

Quote for reflection: “Brothers and sisters, God’s face is the face of a merciful father who is always patient. Have you thought about God’s patience, the patience He has with each one of us? That is His mercy. He always has patience, patience with us, He understands us, He waits for us, He does not […]

“Marriage and Mercy” Retreat Day Four: Mercy and Tenderness

“Marriage and Mercy” Retreat Day Four: Mercy and Tenderness

Quote for reflection: “Merciful love also means the cordial tenderness and sensitivity so eloquently spoken of in the parable of the prodigal son, and also in the parables of the lost sheep and the lost coin. Consequently, merciful love is supremely indispensable between those who are closest to one another: between husbands and wives, between […]

“Marriage and Mercy” Retreat Day Three: Mercy is Slow to Anger and Quick to Forgive

“Marriage and Mercy” Retreat Day Three: Mercy is Slow to Anger and Quick to Forgive

Quotes for reflection: “Merciful and gracious is the Lord, slow to anger, abounding in kindness.” (Psalm 103:8) “Jesus, who knows us well, teaches us a secret: don’t let a day end without asking forgiveness, without peace returning to our home, to our family. It is normal for husband and wife to quarrel…perhaps you were mad, […]

Family: The Welcoming Door

As we approach the Jubilee of Mercy (begins Dec. 8, 2015), Pope Francis encouraged all people – and especially families – to open wide their doors to others, welcoming them in a spirit of hospitality.

Apostolic Visit to Africa

During his first trip to Africa, Pope Francis said that families should have their basic needs provided for. He also encouraged young people to say yes to the commitment of marriage and family life.

Tinsel or Garland?

Tinsel or Garland?

Paul and Sarah share how married couples can incorporate their individual family traditions into the holidays while also creating new ones together.

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.

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