Celebration of the Mass for the Holy Family of Nazareth


The Church cannot remain indifferent in front of the separation of spouses and divorce

the urgent challenge of the mission to rekindle the light and faith of Christ in the life...I wish to speak to you of the first of these paths: the family, based on marriage as a conjugal covenant in which the man and the woman give themselves and receive one another (cfr. Gaudium et spes, n. 48)

Nevertheless, while the Church compares human life with that of the Holy Trinity - first unity of life in the plurality of persons - and it doesn´t get tired of teaching that the family has her own foundation in marriage and in the plan of God,
The Church cannot remain indifferent in front of the separation of spouses and divorce, in front of the destruction of families and of the consequences of divorce in children

It is a firm conviction of the Church that the problems, that today the consorts meet and that weaken their union, have their true solution in a return to the solidity of the Christian family.

It is important to remember that, ´the love of the spouses demands, by its same natures, the unity and the indissolubility of their community of people that involves all of their life´ (Catechism of the Catholic Church, n. 1644). In effect, Jesus has clearly said: ´let man not divide what God has united´ (Mc 10, 9), and it has added: ´He who repudiates his own wife and marries another, he commits adultery toward her; and if she repudiates her husband, and she marries another, she commits adultery´ (Mc 10, 11-12)

To help the families, I exhort you to propose them, with conviction, the virtues of the Holy Family...I encourage your priests and the pastoral centers of your dioceses to accompany the families, so that they may not be cheated and seduced by certain relativistic styles of life

the urgent challenge of the mission to rekindle the light and faith of Christ in the life...

Benedict XVI

from ´the Discourse to the Bishops of the Episcopal Conference of Brazil´ (September 25, 2009)
Support the Family and save Europe
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Sunday 27th December 2009, Plaza de Lima Madrid

 

 

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