THE SERVANT GENERAL
Francis has written a letter to all of us, especially families.
Please read it.
important during these times in the life of the Church and
the world is the condition of families. Pope Francis speaks
about “the family in the context of evangelization.”
From the very start, our life and mission had always been
about the work of evangelization founded on family renewal.
We are couples and families for Christ who proclaim Christ
to the world. Family and evangelization go together. The family
is both the object and the subject of evangelization.
we in CFC-FFL are focusing on strengthening our community
through strengthening our Family Ministries, especially the
young couples. At the same time, we are embarking on massive
evangelization through LCSC. We are where the Holy Spirit
wants us, focused on family and on evangelization, and where
He has guided and steered us over the last 32 years.
the outcome of the Synod of Bishops in October, we are on
the right track. The Church can only affirm where the Lord
has already brought us.
February 25, 2014
THE POPE WRITES A LETTER TO FAMILIES ASKING THEM TO PRAY FOR
THE NEXT SYNOD
Vatican City, 25 February 2014 (VIS) – Pope Francis
has written a letter to families asking them to pray for the
next Synod of Bishops, which will be celebrated in the Vatican
in October, and the theme of which will be “The
pastoral challenges of the family in the context of evangelisation”.
The letter, dated 2 February, Feast of the Presentation of
Jesus in the Temple, is published in full below:
this letter, I wish, as it were, to come into your homes to
speak about an event which will take place at the Vatican
this coming October. It is the Extraordinary General Assembly
of the Synod of Bishops, which is being convened to discuss
the theme of “pastoral
challenges to the family in the context of evangelization”.
Indeed, in our day the Church
is called to proclaim the Gospel by confronting the new and
urgent pastoral needs facing the family.
important meeting will involve all the People of God –
bishops, priests, consecrated men and women, and lay faithful
of the particular Churches of the entire world – all
of whom are actively participating in preparations for the
meeting through practical suggestions and the crucial support
of prayer. Such support on your part, dear families, is especially
significant and more necessary than ever. This Synodal Assembly
is dedicated in a special way to you, to your
vocation and mission in the Church and in society; to the
challenges of marriage, of family life, of the education of
children; and the role of the family in the life of the Church.
I ask you, therefore, to pray intensely to the Holy Spirit,
so that the Spirit may illumine the Synodal Fathers and guide
them in their important task. As you know, this Extraordinary
Synodal Assembly will be followed a year later by the Ordinary
Assembly, which will also have the family as its theme. In
that context, there will also be the World Meeting of Families
due to take place in Philadelphia in September 2015. May we
all, then, pray together so that through these events the
Church will undertake a true journey of discernment and adopt
the necessary pastoral means to help families face their present
challenges with the light and strength that comes from the
am writing this letter to you on the Feast of the Presentation
of the Lord in the Temple. The evangelist Luke tells us that
the Blessed Mother and Saint Joseph, in keeping with the Law
of Moses, took the Baby Jesus to the temple to offer him to
the Lord, and that an elderly man and woman, Simeon and Anna,
moved by the Holy Spirit, went to meet them and acknowledged
Jesus as the Messiah. Simeon took him in his arms and thanked
God that he had finally 'seen' salvation. Anna, despite her
advanced age, found new vigour and began to speak to everyone
about the Baby. It is a beautiful image: two young parents
and two elderly people, brought together by Jesus. He is the
one who brings together and unites generations! He is the
inexhaustible font of that love which overcomes every occasion
of self-absorption, solitude, and sadness. In your journey
as a family, you share so many beautiful moments: meals, rest,
housework, leisure, prayer, trips and pilgrimages, and times
of mutual support… Nevertheless, if there is no love
then there is no joy, and authentic love comes to us from
Jesus. He offers us his word, which illuminates our path;
he gives us the Bread of life which sustains us on our journey.
families, your prayer for the Synod of Bishops will be a precious
treasure which enriches the Church. I thank you, and I ask
you to pray also for me, so that I may serve the People of
God in truth and in love. May the protection of the Blessed
Mother and Saint Joseph always accompany all of you and help
you to walk united in love and in caring for one another.
I willingly invoke on every family the blessing of the Lord.”