If you live with one or more people in a serious way, Pope Francis has written a letter to you.
Caution: this isn’t the length of your average theological or biblical letter. It’s like letter-length. But not hardcore like ancient letter-writers. Some highlights …
With this letter, I wish, as it were, to come into your homes to speak about an event which will take place at the Vatican this coming October. It is the Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, which is being convened to discuss the theme of “pastoral challenges to the family in the context of evangelization”.
Prayer is “crucial.”
I ask you, therefore, to pray intensely to the Holy Spirit, so that the Spirit may illumine the Synodal Fathers and guide them in their important task.
This Fall isn’t the end. There’s more on the horizon.
As you know, this Extraordinary Synodal Assembly will be followed a year later by the Ordinary Assembly, which will also have the family as its theme. In that context, there will also be the World Meeting of Families due to take place in Philadelphia in September 2015.
The Holy Father gives a good Scripture passage, and describes the “beautiful image”:
(T)wo young parents and two elderly people, brought together by Jesus. He is the one who brings together and unites generations.
A heartening word at the center of the communication:
(Jesus) is the inexhaustible font of that love which overcomes every occasion of self-absorption, solitude, and sadness. In your journey as a family, you share so many beautiful moments: meals, rest, housework, leisure, prayer, trips and pilgrimages, and times of mutual support… Nevertheless, if there is no love then there is no joy, and authentic love comes to us from Jesus. He offers us his word, which illuminates our path; he gives us the Bread of life which sustains us on our journey.