The strength of the family lies in its capacity to love and to teach how to love.
~Pope Francis, Amoris Laetitia,53~
The family plays a special role in our faith. When God sent us the Messiah, Jesus Christ, he sent him as an infant to be part of a family. It is within our family that we are nurtured, learn, and grow, eventually moving on to start our own families. They are a beautiful experience of love, hope, and mercy.
In the spring of 2016, Pope Francis wrote theApostolic ExhortationAmoris Laetitia on love in the family. He begins with the statement that “The joy of love experienced by families is also the joy of the Church (1).” It is a reminder for us that family life is a vocation, and although it has its challenges, it offers great rewards.
As we approach Family Day, it is my great wish for all of your that you enjoy a special day with the people who fill your hearts with the joy of love!