Dear families, you know very well that the true joy which we experience in the family is not superficial; it does not come from material objects, from the fact that everything seems to be going well. . . . True joy comes from a profound harmony between persons, something which we all feel in our hearts.
Since his election, Pope Francis has expressed his concern for the urgent pastoral needs of families. In this collection, the Holy Father speaks to families personally, offering his distinctive combination of love and pastoral wisdom.
Pope Francis Speaks to Families includes words to families in general as well as advice directed specifically to married and engaged couples, mothers, fathers, and children. These excerpts from Pope Francis public addresses will hearten and enlighten you, whatever your role in the greater family of the Church. This is a joyful book, easy to dip into or read straight through.
-- A book that belongs in every Catholic family home.
--The perfect gift for those newly engaged or starting a family.
Why does a gifted boy from a privileged Establishment background decide, at the age of twelve, to spend his life as a priest? And what moves him, after six happy years in the Anglican priesthood, to enter the alien world of Roman Catholicism?
In a gripping narrative full of humor and self-directed irony, John Jay Hughes tells of the loss of his mother at age six, entry into the Catholic Church at the cost of estrangement from his beloved Anglican priest-father, his lifelong search for God in prayer, and his joy in priesthood, 'all I ever wanted from age twelve.
Paperback: 348 pages
Author: John Jay Hughes
Forward by George Weigel
Drawing on the rich social teachings of the Church, Laudato Si is a groundbreaking document that will be discussed and studied by both believers and non-believers for years to come.
The Joy of the Gospel is a passionate call for every Christian to be constantly ready to bring the love of Jesus to others. In this apostolic exhortation, Pope Francis responds to the suggestions of the 2012 Synod of Bishops on the New Evangelization by outlining a roadmap for the Church s pastoral mission and work in the world. He envisions a Church of Spirit-filled evangelizers who exude joy and care for God s people, especially the poor. Instead of retreating into our own security, he says, we must not be afraid to have our shoes get soiled by the mud of the street. Pope Francis warns against spiritual worldliness, disunity, and a spirit of pessimism or defeatism.
Your parish or small group can be ready to take up Pope Francis' challenge by meeting together to study and discuss this groundbreaking document. The study guide included in this edition contains 41 questions, broken down by chapter, so it will provide plenty of stimulation for reflection and discussion. Questions can also be used for personal reflection.
Paperback: 224 pages