Christus Vivit 217: Creating A Home

As we continue to look at Youth Ministry remember to check this link at the Vatican site for all of Pope Francis’ document. In today’s paragraph, he discusses a sense of home:

217. In a word, to create a “home” is to create “a family”. “It is to learn to feel connected to others by more than merely utilitarian and practical bonds, to be united in such a way as to feel that our life is a bit more human. To create a home is to let prophecy take flesh and make our hours and days less cold, less indifferent and anonymous. It is to create bonds by simple, everyday acts that all of us can perform. A home, as we all know, demands that everyone work together. No one can be indifferent or stand apart, since each is a stone needed to build the home.

Many young people, even some rich folk, have never experienced “home.” It would be important in all circumstances to guide the formation of the home away from home, not just talk about it in theoretical terms.

Some family values:

This also involves asking the Lord to grant us the grace to learn how to be patient, to forgive one another, to start over each day. How many times should I forgive and start over? Seventy times seven times, as many times as necessary. To create strong bonds requires confidence and trust nurtured daily by patience and forgiveness. And that is how the miracle takes place: we feel that here we are reborn, here we are all reborn, because we feel God’s caress that enables us to dream of a more human world, and therefore of a world more divine”.[Address at the Visit to the Good Samaritan Home, Panama, (27 January 2019): L’Osservatore Romano, 28-29 January 2019, 10]

Any comments?

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Todd lives in the Pacific Northwest, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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