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).