Messy Family Minute #46: Year of the Family

This is a Messy Family Minute with Mike and Alicia Hernon.

This year, Pope Francis has proclaimed a “Year of the Family” in which he invites us to reflect on the meaning of family life. Although we can spend a lot of time speaking about the troubles families face, Pope Francis began his reflection by emphasizing joy. The first sentence in Amoris Laetitia states, “The joy of love experienced by families is also the joy of the Church.”

The Holy Father is saying that the Church is energized and inspired by the human love displayed in family life. God, who is the author of life, Who Himself is family, wants us to share in this joy. Now we understand that this can be difficult in the midst of the hectic messiness that often characterizes life with children. But this year, we believe the Church wants us to reconnect with the fundamental joy that should be at the heart of life in the home. We need to acknowledge the goodness of what God has done for us!

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