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Pope Francis’ Concern for the Family

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Pope Francis has a deep love and concern for the state of the family.  He has called an extraordinary synod on the family and sent out a survey on the challenges facing families around the world.  He is not just concerned about the external challenges facing the family, but is seeking to encourage families to achieve more than the status quo, to be truly joy filled families that are a light in the world.

Here is his latest letter ...

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The Joy of the Gospel

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Pope Francis has published an Apostolic Exhortation on the Joy of the Gospel, specifically how we should communicate that joy to others.  In other words that joy that is within us, we should ensure that it shines and that all people we come into contact with will see it within us.  That is the most effective way to attract people to the beauty of the Gospel.

That is the motivation behind Your Holy Family.  We strive to show the beauty of ...

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Survey in Preparation for Extraordinary Synod of Bishops – Action needed!

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The Pope is Asking for Your Opinion on How the Church can Assist Families

From Bishop Joe S. Vasquez of the Diocese of Austin –

Our Holy Father Pope Francis has called for an Extraordinary Synod of Bishops in October of 2014. The topic of this synod is, “The pastoral challenges for the family in the context of evangelization.” In preparation for this synod, a preparatory document with several pages of questions was sent to all Bishops. While not a survey of ...

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Pope Francis Gives Preview of the direction of the Synod on the Family

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Pope Francis addressed participants in the twenty-first plenary assembly of the Pontifical Council for the Family taking place in Rome this week, he stated that “The ‘Good News’ of the family is a very important part of evangelization, that Christians can communicate to everyone through the witness of their lives; and they already do so – this is evident in secularized societies. ...

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Is our Culture Afraid of Fertility and Children?

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I would suggest that it is judging by the media’s coverage of parents who choose to embrace their fertility and welcome new life into their family on a regular basis.

See this article for a deeper analysis of this subject: “Fecundophobia: The Growing Fear Of Children And Fertile Women

Certainly sons are a gift from the LORD, the fruit of the womb, a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the sons born in one’s youth. Blessed is the man who ...

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A Holy Half Hour

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Our Lord placed upon my heart to give Him a Holy Hour consisting of married couples praying together for one half hour in front of the Blessed Sacrament.  So for the past nine months, my husband and I have been joining another couple to pray for families of our parish as well as families that would be reached by this family ministry.  So we invite any of you to join us in that mission by giving our Lord a Holy ...

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Pope Calls for Renewed Pastoral Focus on the Family

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Pope Francis recently called for an Extraordinary Synod in October 2014 (which is lightning speed in Vatican terms) to discuss the pastoral care of the Family.  The Spirit is moving and is calling many within the Church, even at the highest levels to address the needs of the family.  As Blessed John Paul II stated, the future of the world passes through the family.  If the family is not healthy, the world will not be healthy.

An Article in ...

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