Year of the Family
Amoris Laetitia - Pope Francis on Love in the Family
Born into Love
"Children, once born, begin to receive, with nourishment and care, the spiritual gift of knowing with certainty that they are loved...Such is the parents' love that it contains a spark of God''s love"
Called to Holiness
The Sacrament of Marriage
"In the human family, gathered by Christ, 'the image and likeness' of the Most Holy Trinity (cf Gen 1:26) has been restored, the mystery from which all true love flows. Through the Church, marriage and the family receive the grace of the Holy Spirit from Christ, in order to bear witness to the Gospel of God's love".
A Family like the Holy Family
"In the family, we learn closeness, care and respect for others. We break out of our fatal self-absorption and come to realize that we are living with and alongside others who are worthy of our concern, our kindness and our affection."
Family and the Paschal Mystery
Union with Christ
"Moments of pain and difficulty will be experienced in union with the Lord's cross. ...Gradually, "with the grace of the Holy Spirit, the spouses grow in holiness through married life, also by sharing in the mystery of Christ's cross, which transforms difficulties and sufferings into an act of love."