World Youth Day 2013 in Rio de Janeiro just concluded this past Sunday, July 28. Below are five great quotes from Pope Francis about marriage and the family, all given during World Youth Day. Enjoy!
Number 1: Thursday, July 25, Address to Community of Varginha (Manguinhos): “Dear friends, it is certainly necessary to give bread to the hungry – this is an act of justice. But there is also a deeper hunger, the hunger for a happiness that only God can satisfy, the hunger for dignity. There is neither real promotion of the common good nor real human development when there is ignorance of the fundamental pillars that govern a nation, its non-material goods: life, which is a gift of God, a value always to be protected and promoted; the family, the foundation of coexistence and a remedy against social fragmentation; integral education, which cannot be reduced to the mere transmission of information for the purposes of generating profit; health, which must seek the integral well-being of the person, including the spiritual dimension, essential for human balance and healthy coexistence; security, in the conviction that violence can be overcome only by changing human hearts.”
Number 2: Friday, July 26, Angelus: “How precious is the family as the privileged place for transmitting the faith! Speaking about family life, I would like to say one thing: today, as Brazil and the Church around the world celebrate this feast of Saints Joachim and Anne, Grandparents Day is also being celebrated. How important grandparents are for family life, for passing on the human and religious heritage which is so essential for each and every society! How important it is to have intergenerational exchanges and dialogues, especially within the context of the family.”
Number 3: Saturday, July 27, Interview on Radio Catedral (radio broadcasting station of the Archdiocese of Rio de Janeiro): “Not only would I say that the family is important for the evangelization of the new world. The family is important, and it is necessary for the survival of humanity. Without the family, the cultural survival of the human race would be at risk. The family, whether we like it or not, is the foundation.”
Number 4: Sunday, July 28, Address to the World Youth Day Volunteers: “God calls you to make definitive choices, and he has a plan for each of you: to discover that plan and to respond to your vocation is to move forward toward personal fulfillment. God calls each of us to be holy, to live his life, but he has a particular path for each one of us. Some are called to holiness through family life in the sacrament of Marriage. Today, there are those who say that marriage is out of fashion. Is it out of fashion? In a culture of relativism and the ephemeral, many preach the importance of ‘enjoying’ the moment. They say that it is not worth making a life-long commitment, making a definitive decision, ‘for ever’, because we do not know what tomorrow will bring. I ask you, instead, to be revolutionaries, I ask you to swim against the tide; yes, I am asking you to rebel against this culture that sees everything as temporary and that ultimately believes you are incapable of responsibility, that believes you are incapable of true love. I have confidence in you and I pray for you. Have the courage ‘to swim against the tide’. And also have the courage to be happy.”
Number 5: Sunday, July 28, Address to the Bishops of Brazil: “In mission, also on a continental level, it is very important to reaffirm the family, which remains the essential cell of society and the Church; young people, who are the face of the Church’s future; women, who play a fundamental role in passing on the faith and who are a daily source of strength in a society that carries this faith forward and renews it.”
Magnificent! Thank you so much for sharing these quotes from Pope Francis. Well done! From his lips to the youth of the world’s ears and hearts.
Thank you for encouraging me to Stand for my wife and my marriage. I am seperated, but I continually pray for the restoration of my marriage.I have been standing over 3 years and although the road is hard, the Lord has helped me during every step.
Thank you for encouragment that is well needed at this time.
Your a spiritual warrior. I’m praying for you
My wife and i thank you for the affirmation of the sacrament of marriage.
Here in Canada our Preambles that Constitute Canada a Nation and are the foundation for the Statutes says “We believe in a supreme God and the rule of law”. Our Canadian bishops have never spoken out about the illegal same sex marriage certificates issued Provincially that are not subject to the Canadian Charter of Rights. Property partnerships rights are legitimate. The samesex marriage certificates were issued without a statute to back them. Defacto Law still has to be subject to the Charter of Rights at the Judicial level.
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The family is the most sacred institution in society and for the church. Without the family, a proper family, society could not grow into what God had intended. The family is one of the basic tenets of our Catholic faith, from which everything flows out of.
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Just as an alter is a ‘must be present’, in a church(the place of worship), so the family is the most important and the basic unit in the Church( the community of the faithful. God help the Pope protect the sanctity of ‘family’.
Sebastian D Kunnel, INDIA.
Great indeed. The value of marriage upheld.
Great is our Pope….Great is his inspirations! His words are courageous counter healing medicine to the sick world, sinking in the idolatry of selfishness and fear!
Yessss he his….we love you pope Francis
I love pope francis …..thanks a lot
his words is fantastic…The sick world need soo much
thanks for the visiting in Philippines I LOVE YOU POPE BLESS MY FAMILY FRIENDS AND ALL THE PEOPLES IN WORLD
pope’s concern for the church and the family are lovely