Love in the family

Saturday, April 09, 2016

 Love in the family
Pope Francis- Apostolic Exhortation


The Apostolic Exhortation was published today.  There was no doctrinal change  but a call for better Pastoral Care for families that are diverse in their circumstances and needs.  This is the prayer to the Holy Family with which the Pope ended his message: 

 Jesus, Mary and Joseph,
in you we contemplate
the splendour of true love;
to you we turn with trust.

Holy Family of Nazareth,
grant that our families too
may be places of communion and prayer,
authentic schools of the Gospel
and small domestic churches.

Holy Family of Nazareth,
may families never again experience
violence, rejection and division;
may all who have been hurt or scandalized
find ready comfort and healing
.
Holy Family of Nazareth,
make us once more mindful
of the sacredness and inviolability of the family,
and its beauty in God’s plan.

Jesus, Mary and Joseph,
graciously hear our prayer.
Amen


The Lectionary reading for today shows the Apostles meeting together to discern how to care for the families in their day and age and the Responsorial psalm reflects the message in the Pope’s prayer:

Lord, let your mercy be on us, as we place our trust in you.”


The Lectionary reading for today shows the Apostles meeting together to discern how to care for the families in their day and age and the Responsorial psalm reflects the message in the Pope’s prayer:

Lord, let your mercy be on us, as we place our trust in you.”



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