Articles Tagged ‘Familiaris Consortio’

Transforming weak Catholic families

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When you teach two classes of First Reconciliation and First Communion candidates on most Saturday mornings, you learn a lot about other families' prayer lives. It doesn't take long to see who prays at home and who doesn't. I have come to the point where I am not surprised but remain disappointed that so many of the children in my Saturday classes can't make a proper Sign of the Cross and don't know the words to the Our Father and ... (Continue reading)

Blessed Pope John-Paul II: “Families become what you are”

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On a recent Saturday morning, I had the privilege of speaking to the Raising Faith-Filled Kids Group at the Newman Centre in Toronto. We looked at ways in which Catholic families can grow in holiness. In his 1981 Encyclical Familiaris Consortio: The Role of the Family in the Modern World, Blessed Pope John Paul II urged: "Families, become what you are." He explained: "spouses are therefore the permanent reminder to the Church of what happened on the Cross; they are for one another and ... (Continue reading)

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