Thursday, September 29, 2011

Holy Family Association: The Family is the first and most important path (Pastoral Plan, # 25)

As witnesses and apostles of the mystery of Nazareth, while we carry out our apostolic mission, we do not forget that “among the many paths of human existence, the family is the first and the most important” (Letter to Families 1,1).

The goal of our mission of “making a Nazareth in each home” is for us a challenge that we assume and carry out, mainly through the consecration of families to the Holy Family and by helping them live the values of Nazareth, among which we emphasize respect, welcoming, dialogue and interpersonal relationships, forgiveness, acceptance of God’s plans, the life of faith, among other elements of the Gospel of Nazareth.

However, the announcement of the truth of the family cannot be separated from the announcement of the truth of matrimony, which is its origin and source. Matrimony and family are different realities, but closely related, and if separated, both will vanish.

In recent years the conviction has grown that matrimony is the foundation of the family and that the spirituality of the family comes from the spirituality of the spouses.

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