We all want to have a happy, united family but it is not always easy to make our desires a reality. In this meditation we consider the importance of the family for society and some practical ways of strengthening family life, following words of advice from Pope Francis. We will consider:
the importance of the family for society
how husband and wife can strengthen their relationship
the importance of welcoming Christ into the home
generosity in bringing children into the world
how children are a gift from God
the importance of teaching children to honour and respect their parents and each other
God so loved the world that he sent his only-begotten Son to dwell among us and die on the cross to redeem us. Jesus invites his disciples, and all of us, to be his friends. In this meditation we consider how we can do this, so that we in turn can bring Christ into the lives of those around us.