An Australian couple that attended an international webinar on marriage and family said Pope Francis is urging Catholics “to make our families living witnesses to the dynamic and creative expression of God’s love”. Source: ACBC Media Blog.
Perth couple Karen and Derek Boylen were among a seven-strong Australian contingent attending last week’s conference organised by the Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life. The theme was “Where do we stand with Amoris Laetitia? Strategies for the pastoral application of Pope Francis’ exhortation.”
Mr and Mrs Boylen, in a reflection written for the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference’s Media Blog, said Pope Francis and other speakers offered inspirational and prayerful insights into marriage and family.
“As participants, it was heartening to reflect on the idea that, in Scripture, the Word of God was entrusted to a family,” the Boylens wrote.
“Pope Francis is calling us, once again, to make Christ present in the world today through our families – to make our families living witnesses to the dynamic and creative expression of God’s love.”
The Boylens said participants were challenged to reflect on their own duty to walk alongside others who might be looking for support.
“We are called to accompany those who are struggling so they may encounter the living presence of Christ in our homes,” they wrote.
“That is how we evangelise the world. Our homes can be places where people encounter faith and where we journey with people.”
One of the key messages that Pope Francis and Cardinal Kevin Farrell, the prefect of the Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life, offered was for people to read Amoris Laetitia “slowly, carefully and prayerfully”.
More information about the Year of Amoris Laetitia Family can be found at https://catholic.org.au/amorislaetitiayear
Building a Church responsive to marriage and family (ACBC Media Blog)