Francis week by week (11) •
The quotation this week is, of course, taken from the Holy Father’s post-synodal Exhortation on love in the family, Amoris Leatitia
Let us read and listen this week to the message for the whole church as if spoken to us, a Schoenstatt that proudly calls itself “family” and has taken marriage and family life as one of its main apostolates.
No family drops down from heaven perfectly formed; families need constantly to grow and mature in the ability to love. This is a never-ending vocation born of the full communion of the Trinity, the profound unity between Christ and his Church, the loving community which is the Holy Family of Nazareth, and the pure fraternity existing among the saints of heaven.
Our contemplation of the fulfilment which we have yet to attain also allows us to see in proper perspective the historical journey which we make as families, and in this way to stop demanding of our interpersonal relationships a perfection, a purity of intentions and a consistency which we will only encounter in the Kingdom to come.
It also keeps us from judging harshly those who live in situations of frailty. All of us are called to keep striving towards something greater than ourselves and our families, and every family must feel this constant impulse.
Let us reflect on this message based on what we know about Fr. Kentenich:
- What is Francis saying to me, saying to us as Schoenstatt members, as members of a family, as companions on the road of a family, of many families?
- What is my response?
- What answer to I give Francis, in covenant solidarity?
We invite you to share your thoughts because we believe that God speaks to us through Francis.
We invite you to enter into dialogue with Francis, a dialogue that creates encounter, a culture of encounter, which is a covenant culture.
We invite you and open this space to enter into dialogue, by leaving your responses in the comment section below and by responding to others who have commented.