Pope Writes to Married Couples in the Year of “Amoris Laetitia Family”
The Holy Father, as part of the celebration of the Feast of the Holy Family, published a letter to married couples. In it, Pope Francis highlights the unique blessings and difficulties of married life and encourages married couples to always invite Jesus into their marriage. He urges engaged couples to move forward in their marriage plans despite the difficulties which have resulted from the pandemic. The Holy Father finally greets the elderly, and reminds everyone of the singular importance of grandparents in the life of the family. The entire letter can be accessed on the Vatican website. The following quotations are excerpted from the letter.
“Like Abraham, all husbands and wives “set out” from their own land at the moment when, in response to the vocation to conjugal love, they decide to give themselves to each other without reserve.”
“Different situations in life, the passage of time, the arrival of children, work and illness, all challenge couples to embrace anew their commitment to one another, to leave behind settled habits, certainties and security, and to set out towards the land that God promises: to be two in Christ, two in one. Your lives become a single life; you become a “we” in loving communion with Jesus, alive and present at every moment of your existence. God is always at your side; he loves you unconditionally. You are not alone!”
“Being parents calls you to pass on to your children the joy of realizing that they are God’s children, children of a Father who has always loved them tenderly and who takes them by the hand each new day. As they come to know this, your children will grow in faith and trust in God.”
“Marriage, as a vocation, calls you to steer a tiny boat – wave-tossed yet sturdy, thanks to the reality of the sacrament – across a sometimes stormy sea. How often do you want to say, or better, cry out, like the apostles: “Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?” (Mk 4:38). Let us never forget, though, that by virtue of the sacrament of matrimony, Jesus is present in that boat; he is concerned for you and he remains at your side amid the tempest…It is important that, together, you keep your eyes fixed on Jesus. Only in this way, will you find peace, overcome conflicts and discover solutions to many of your problems.”