Thursday, September 29, 2011

Pastoral Plan of the Sons of the Holy Family, #20: The Holy Family in Our Apostolate

Announcing the Gospel of the Holy Family of Nazareth is the specific element which identifies our mission in the Church. The motto “A Nazareth in each home” summarizes both our reason for being as well as our mission; it also indicates those who are entrusted to us and the ideal that we promote as a sure way to happiness and holiness for families and society.

We are convinced that “the proposal and example of the Holy Family reveals an extraordinary motivation for our pastoral ministry projecting the fundamental values on which they are based, as well as the source of the inner joy experienced between spouses, between parents and children, and among siblings.”

“The Holy Family teaches us to   understand the reality of one’s own family and to treat it, from the period of the engagement onward, as part of the saving mystery of Jesus Christ. It teaches us to consider and experience marriage as a vocation, as well as the wellspring of the most genuine love, life and holiness. It teaches us to be supportive of other families and to learn to share in their struggles. It teaches us to value the family as a sign of the presence of God, as the ‘domestic church’ and as a true community of life, prayer and work” (Letter of the Vatican Secretary of State, June 14, 1992).

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