Monday, October 28, 2013

Pope Francis and World Family Day

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Pope Francis had a busy weekend, celebrating World Family Day as part of the Year of Faith, with a talk Saturday evening and a Mass Sunday morning in which he said the goal of families is to pray, keep the Faith and experience joy.

Read his homily from Mass with Families for the Year of Faith here. And read his address to the Families of the World on Pilgrimage for the Year of Faith here.

Here is Pope Francis' prayer for the Families of the World:

Jesus, Mary and Joseph
to you, Holy Family of Nazareth,
today we turn our gaze
with admiration and confidence;
in you we contemplate
the beauty of communion in true love;
to you we recommend our families,
so that in them marvels of grace be renewed.
Holy Family of Nazareth,
alluring school of the Gospel:
teach us to imitate your virtues
with a wise spiritual discipline,
grant us a limpid vision
that recognizes the work of Providence
in the daily realities of life.
Holy Family of Nazareth,
faithful custodian of the mystery of salvation:
help us to regain an appreciation for silence,
make our families cenacles of prayer
and transform them into little domestic Churches,
renew the desire for sanctity,
sustain the noble toil of work, of education,
of listening, of mutual understanding and of forgiveness.
Holy Family of Nazareth,
reawaken in our society the consciousness
of the sacred and inviolable character of the family,
an inestimable and irreplaceable good.
May every family be a place where goodness and peace are welcomed
for children and for the elderly,
for those who are sick and alone,
for those who are poor and needy.
Jesus, Mary and Joseph,
we pray to you with confidence, we entrust ourselves to you with joy.

[Translation by Joseph Trabbic]

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