Shopping Cart
Your Cart is Empty
There was an error with PayPalClick here to try again
CelebrateThank you for your business!You should be receiving an order confirmation from Paypal shortly.Exit Shopping Cart

Dr. Joseph White, Author and Speaker

Sharing Catholic Faith


Pope Affirms the Family, Encourages Openness to God's Love

Posted on October 12, 2015 at 4:32 PM
One could feel the anticipation in the air as the crowds filed in hours early for the Festival of Families on Saturday night. For the thousands gathered from over 100 countries for the World Meeting of Families, this was what they had been waiting for all week – a visit from Pope Francis. What’s more, they knew this was the reason Pope Francis had come to the United States – to be with the families gathered for the World Meeting. They knew this moment would truly be something special.

And the Holy Father did not disappoint. The roar of police motorcycles ahead of his motorcade, and then the flashing lights of emergency vehicles, signaled that he had arrived, and the crowd erupted in shouts of joy. Riding the Popemobile through the streets surrounding the parkway, it seemed he visited the crowd from every side, and then took his place to cheers and applause.

Nestled within performances from world renowned artists such as Aretha Franklin and Andrea Bocelli and testimonies by families who had endured great struggle, was a gem of a spontaneous talk on the family, delivered by the Pope himself. He thanked the performers and families who had given testimonies, saying, “All that is good, all that is true, all that is beautiful brings us to God.” He then recounted a time when he was asked by a child what God did before he created the heavens and the earth.He said that at first he wasn’t sure how to answer, but then said, “Before God created the heavens and the earth, God loved, because God is love.” But the great love that existed among the three Divine Persons of the Holy Trinity was so “overflowing” that God “ had to come out of himself so as to have that which he could live outside of himself.” And so, said Pope Francis,God created the world. “But the most beautiful thing that God made…was the family.” All of the love God has in himself “he gives to the family.” A family “is truly a family,” said Francis, “when it is able to open its arms and receive all of this love.”

Pope Francis paused for a moment to acknowledge that the lofty language he was using to describe the family might sound unrealistic, given the daily struggles families face. He acknowledged that there are crosses to bear in family life, but added that just as with Jesus there was resurrection after the cross, so too in families. For this reason, said the Holy Father, the family is “a factory of hope.” Pope Francis concluded his talk by offering a word of advice to families for sustaining this hope: “Never end the day without making peace in the family.”

The following day  at Mass, before an even larger crowd, Pope Francis again affirmed the goodness of family life. In a nod to St. Therese of Lisieux, to whom Pope Francis has a special devotion, he said that “holiness is always tied to little gestures,” which “we learn at home, in the family.” He said that this is why our families “are true domestic churches,” because “they are the right place for faith to become life, and life to become faith.” In closing, Francis again called families to “be open to miracles of love for the sake of all the families of the world.”

Categories: Pope Francis, Vatican, World Meeting of Families

Post a Comment


Oops, you forgot something.


The words you entered did not match the given text. Please try again.


Reply bertwylh
12:34 AM on May 4, 2022 
bertwylh 00291a3f2f
Reply banaria
1:27 PM on May 19, 2022 
banaria 341c3170be
Reply jordan shoes
4:17 AM on December 9, 2022 
I have to get across my passion for your kindness supporting folks who need guidance on this one study. Your personal dedication to passing the solution all around had been surprisingly invaluable and has regularly permitted people just like me to realize their pursuits. Your new invaluable publication entails a whole lot a person like me and especially to my office workers. Many thanks; from each one of us.
jordan shoes
Reply longchamp
12:17 PM on December 10, 2022 
Thank you a lot for providing individuals with a very wonderful chance to check tips from this site. It's usually so awesome plus jam-packed with a good time for me and my office acquaintances to search your site not less than 3 times a week to see the latest stuff you have got. Of course, I'm usually satisfied concerning the wonderful methods you serve. Selected 4 ideas in this posting are in truth the most impressive I have had.
Reply kd 14
5:20 PM on December 11, 2022 
I must show my gratitude for your generosity supporting persons that need help on the subject matter. Your very own dedication to getting the message throughout ended up being unbelievably practical and have continuously made most people like me to get to their dreams. Your own warm and helpful guidelines means much a person like me and substantially more to my peers. Best wishes; from all of us.
kd 14