In this latest Parenting Session podcast, we talk to Dr Robyn Mills about the special love grandparents have for their grandchildren and how they can teach a child about love. Robyn, a grandmother of six who has worked in the health field for 47 years in areas such as psychology and nursing, says grandparents can teach children from a young age to show love, respect, compassion, sharing and kindness.
The second video in a twelve part series has been released by Pope Francis to commemorate the year of the family. Pope Francis says: “How do we imagine God’s love? Is there a concrete reality in the world that helps us see this love with our own eyes? Certainly there is! It is the family! The image of God is reflected in man and in woman, in conjugal love: a living ‘icon’ through which God is made manifest”.
This week’s family prayer is about speaking up for what we believe in. It can be difficult to be honest about our beliefs when the world wants to ridicule people of faith. But when we have the courage to express our beliefs, we lift others up who share our values and let them know they are not alone.
If you are interested in more prayers for your family, a great resource can be found in Renee Bartkowski’s ‘Family Prayers for Daily Grace’. Click below to find out more.
Mother’s Day on Sunday will give families the chance to come together and show mothers how much they are loved and appreciated. And sadly, for those who have lost their mums, the day is an opportunity to say a prayer and give thanks for their wonderful mothers. This week’s article from Rebecca DiGirolamo proclaims the magic of mothers.
In Amoris Laetitia, Pope Francis stresses the importance of evangelising with the family, proposing the ideal of conjugal and family love. This week Larry Kaufman CSsR shares his reflections on Chapter Six to give people a better understanding of the pope’s important messages about the family in a world where many are struggling.
Praying is a way to enter the heart of the Amoris Laetitia Year and the preparation for the World Meeting of Families in Rome in June, 2022. Many families and communities around the world will be eagerly awaiting this event, especially considering the tumultuous times we have experienced during the pandemic. Prayer will hopefully assist families as they prepare for this important gathering.
The Anzac Spirit has continued to develop since the images long past of young men scaling the steep cliffs of Gallipoli or trudging along the harsh Kokoda Track. Courage, mateship, endurance, and sacrifice were hallmark qualities that emerged from those desperate times. The Anzac spirit lives on in today’s service people, and so do the challenges. Veterans have a higher rate of suicide than the average Australian, and a royal commission has now been established to better understand how we can prevent further tragedy.
Pope Francis says “the Christian proclamation of the Family is good news indeed.” Laity Family life has shared a list of twelve proposals and suggestions for a commitment to family pastoral care in the light of Pope Francis’ apostolic exhortation.
The list is an invitation for us to consider which measures could feasibly be developed or implemented in our own parishes or archdiocese.
In March the Church celebrated the fifth anniversary of the publication of Pope Francis’ apostolic exhortation Amoris Laetitia on the beauty and joy of love in the family.
This Amoris Laetitia family guide is a resource to help your family to realise the values and teachings of this papal exhortation in your daily family life.