Wednesday, 21 January 2009

Praying as a Family - Home is a Holy Place

The 6th World Meeting of Families organised by Catholic Church worldwide has just come to an end in Mexico at the weekend. This takes place every 3 years just like the recent World Youth Day in Sydney. Pope Benedict did not however attend this meeting but nevertheless gave an address via video link. His address focused on many things concerning the family but he encouraged them especially to find sanctity in the day to day mess of their family lives. (The picture above shows Our Lady of Guadalupe, patroness of Mexico)

He said "This World Meeting of Families has aimed to encourage Christian homes so that their members be free persons, rich in human and Gospel values, on the way toward sanctity, which is the best service that Christians can offer today's society ... How beautiful it is to gather as a family to allow God to speak to the hearts of the members through his living and effective Word. In prayer, especially with the praying of the rosary, as was done yesterday, the family contemplates the mysteries of the life of Jesus, interiorizes the values that it meditates and feels called to incarnate them in their lives."

This resonates closely with the national programme for England and Wales 'Home is a Holy Place' supported by the Marriage and Family Life team in this diocese. The programme is about seeing, knowing and responding to God's presence at home in our families, in the ordinary events of our daily lives. In a sense to reclaim the home as a place were God is present and that God is not just for the church building or the school but for the 'little church' of the family. For anybody wanting to know more about this programme and other work of the Marriage and Family Life team in the diocese contact Liz James on 01293 651152 or email:

"You, God has made members of Christ Jesus and by God's doing he has become our wisdom, and our virture and our holiness, and our freedom." (1Cor 1:30)

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