pope francis the joy of love

The Year Amoris Laetitia Family has begun! As part of journeying together as a Church, the Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life has released the first of a series of 10 videos reflecting on various aspects of family life.  The video is accompanied by a print resource to be used as an aid to small group or family discussion. 

Please find a link to the video and print resource here.
In Pope Francis’ message for the commencement of the “Amoris Laetitia Family” Year, the Pope indicated the main intention of the Apostolic Exhortation Amoris Laetitia is “to communicate, in a profoundly changed time and culture, that today there is the need for a new outlook on the family on the part of the Church”. The Pope suggested “it is not enough to reiterate the value and importance of doctrine, if we do not become protectors of the beauty of the family and if we do not take compassionate care of its frailties and its wounds.”

(The Joy of Love) 2016 Apostolic Exhortation

Each week we read an extract from the Pope's letter and reflect on how it might relate to our family lives.

“To be open to a genuine encounter with others, ‘a kind look’ is essential… [it] helps us to see beyond our own limitations, to be patient and to cooperate with others, despite our differences. Loving kindness builds bonds, cultivates relationships, creates new networks of integration and knits a firm social fabric… In our families, we must learn to imitate Jesus’ own gentleness in our way of speaking to one another” (Amoris Laetitia 100). It can be very difficult to look kindly at a child who is acting out, or at our spouse when he/she tunes out to your chatter. This week, look at your family members and say to yourself, “Jesus is looking at them right now too.” That may help change the way that you see them.