Family – the thing that makes us or breaks us, humans. St John Paul II says that “marriage and family is willed by God in the very act of creation”, echoing St Paul, for whom family is a visible sign of the very love of God, “from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named”. Yet for many of us our families have been less than perfect, to say the least. However, as with pretty much everything in Christianity, “we have this treasure in earthen vessels, to show that the transcendent power belongs to God and not to us”.

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Joseph Anthraper lives in Southampton with his wife Mahima and kids Anna-Claire, John-Paul and Samuel-Joseph, and loves reading, movies and theology. He is part of the Kairos Global Editorial Council.