Amorislaetitia year: Church must defend the Family

We should support and defend families by making an effort to be close to them in their daily struggles and joys. It is not enough to just reiterate doctrine, we are called to enter homes with discretion and with love, to say to spouses: the Church is with you, the Lord is close to you, we want to help you to keep the gift you have received. In the year ‘Amoris Laetitia Family’ from 19th March 2021 to 26th June 2022, culminating with the tenth World Meeting of Families, in Rome, let’s defend families from what compromises its beauty. 

Christ is the only Redeemer; there are no co-redeemers with Christ

We must note the centrality of Jesus in all forms of Christian prayer. Each prayer we raise to God is through Christ, with Christ and in Christ and is fulfilled, thanks to his intercession. Christ is the only Redeemer: there are no co-redeemers with Christ. Christ’s mediation for us with the Father gives meaning to other references which Christians turn to in prayer, first among them being the Virgin Mary, the Mother of God. Everything about Mary is completely directed towards Christ and is the ‘first disciple’.

Holy Spirit is the Interior Master of Christian prayer

The Holy Spirit opens our hearts to Christ, and allows us to invoke God as Abba, that is, ‘Father.’ It is the Holy Spirit, by his prevenient grace, that draws us to pray to Jesus. At the same time, the Church reminds us that we must pray to the Holy Spirit as well, encouraging us to address our prayer to him every day, especially at the beginning and end of every important action. The work of the Holy Spirit is to remind us of Jesus, to make him present in the lives of Christians of every time and place. This is the experience of so many whom the Holy Spirit has formed according to the measure of Christ, in mercy, service, and prayer. It is the experience not only of monks and hermits, but of ordinary people who have woven a long history of dialogue with God.

St. Joseph is a Model for all Vocations 

St. Joseph is an outstanding example of submission to God’s plans. The first thing that St. Joseph heard in a dream was: ‘Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid.’ The Lord repeats the words, ‘do not be afraid,’ when, perhaps amid trials and misunderstandings, you seek to follow his will every day, wherever you find yourself.  They are words you will hear anew, at every step of your vocation, as you return to your first love. St. Joseph, the protector of Jesus and of the Church, is the protector of vocations. St. Joseph’s quiet, daily fidelity to his vocation is the secret of joy.

Parents remain Humble and Understand what matters most in Life 

For kids, parents are first of all, mom and dad. The rest comes later: work, travel, successes, and worries. Playing with the father and mother, the child learns to be together with people, learns the existence of rules and the need to respect them, and acquires that self-confidence that will help in launching himself into the external reality, into the world. Let us entrust this journey, with families all over the world, to the Holy Family of Nazareth. 

The Rebirth of Humanity began with a Woman 

Salvation was born from the Virgin Mary and she occupies a privileged place in the lives of Christians. Jesus extended Mary’s maternity to all members of the Church when he entrusted her to his beloved disciple at the foot of the Cross. From that moment on, we have all been gathered under her mantle. Prayers said to her are not in vain. She hears our voices, even those that remain closed in our hearts. Mary always protects her children, defending us from danger, even when we lose our way or put our salvation in danger. Mary is there praying for us, praying for those who do not pray because she is our Mother.

 Pope Francis says…

 When a family lives its vocation well, it becomes a sign of God’s love for the world.

The first gift of every Christian existence is the Holy Spirit.

St. Joseph served his family with charity and humility, and our world today needs such fathers.

Mary accompanies with her maternal tenderness, those who are on their deathbed in solitude and with those who die without the comfort of their loved ones.

It is good to retrace God’s steps in our lives, all those times when the Lord crossed our path to correct, encourage, resume, revive, and forgive.

The transmission of the faith between generations also takes place through the language of good and healthy relationships that are lived in the family every day. 

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