Posts Tagged ‘family’
Breaking Open the Theme The early Church understood the Christian family as an ecclesia domestica, or domestic Church. This idea recognizes that the smallest expression of the Church is not the parish, but the Christian family. The family, our first community, is the basic way God gathers us and forms us. Christian families not only […]
“One of the greatest challenges before us is to change women’s perception of adoption as being a bad choice,” Cardinal Sean O’Malley of Boston said recently in a homily during the National Prayer Vigil for Life.
A three-year study of families conducted by the University of Virginia’s Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture reveals some of the similarities and differences among America’s parents today.
Passing on the family’s stories can help children to understand who they are and where they came from. Who better to tell these stories than grandparents? The authors offer some suggestions for sharing family stories with the grandchildren.
The family has a vital role in fostering peace according to Pope Benedict XVI in his message for the Jan. 1, 2013, World Day of Peace.
In this Christmas season, many people may give or receive smartphones or other technology that can access the new social media. Social networking can be a wonderful way means of keeping in touch and reaching out to others, but it has a shadow side. How can we remain present to those who are part of our daily life?
Scripture “is filled with migrating people who journey toward God,” said Archbishop Wilton Gregory in a speech encouraging strong support for comprehensive immigration reform. His speech, given at a conference sponsored by the U.S. Catholic bishops, highlighted the bishops’ concern that “family reunification remain the cornerstone of our nation’s immigration policy.”
Justin discusses some of the attitudes towards marriage and parenthood he meets as he goes about his day-to-day business.
In its concluding “Message to the People of God,” the October world Synod of Bishops underscored the role of the church’s married couples and families in the new evangelization. The Synod’s message also addressed the role of grandparents in the family and the pastoral needs of divorced and remarried Catholics.
Pope Benedict XVI has called for a Year of Faith starting October 11. It’s a wonderful opportunity to deepen one’s personal faith, as well as renew the faith life of the family. Here are a few ideas to get started.
How can parents encourage each family member “to grow in faith, hope and love”? Drawing on the wisdom of St. Benedict, the author offers practical guidance for dealing with the difficult tasks of family life.
How important are family meals? Research shows that children as well as parents value this time to sit down together. It can be a challenge to schedule this daily ritual, but the benefits are huge.
Can spouses’ sense of general satisfaction with life predict what sort of marriage they have? How does one’s satisfaction with life interrelate with one’s relationships? These are questions Denver University researchers are seeking to explore.
Is there a grandparent in your life? Perhaps you’re one yourself! Check out this article for practical advice about how to be an even better grandparent.
The next World Meeting of Families, to be held May 30-June 2, 2012 in Milan, Italy, is certain to discuss the question: Are couples today successfully balancing the demands of their life at home with the demands of their jobs outside the home?
Pope Benedict has gone away for memorable vacations in the Italian Alps in past summers. But Father Federico Lombardi, the Vatican’s official spokesman, explained in early July that the pope decided to spend his 2011 summer weeks at Castel Gandolfo, the usual papal summer residence.
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 […]