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Monday, March 27, 2017
Bishops launch resource for families
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¬†The Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales 'Home is a Holy Place' initiative has just released a new resource for families. 'Family: an adventure in love' looks at what it really means to be family and how the Church depends on families to be a source of hope to the world at large. Family life "is a risky adventure in love," the leaflet reads. "A relational experience at the core of human experience with the power to make or break not only individuals, but society itself..What family does not know the tension of the personality clash, the heartache of tragedy, the dull pain of daily irritations? Not to mention the juggling of millions of demands, the balancing act of home and work life and the never quite getting to the end of the to-do list." An adventure in love points at the role 'symbols in the home' play ≠ the family meal, the family photograph, gifts and giving, symbols of time, the symbols of our faith. It also asks how lessons learnt from family life can be applied to the way our parishes / dioceses operate. 'For those who have no natural family the doors of the great family which is the Church must be opened even wider. No one is without family in this world: the Church is a home and family for everyone..' . 'If we are church the credibility of this statement rests on the hospitality of our own hearts and homes.' 'Family: an adventure in love' is available free of charge electronically from Some dioceses will be distributing copies through their diocesan newspaper. It is based on themes found in John Paul II's The Christian Family in the Modern World (Familiaris Consortio). It also includes some of the findings of Listening 2004.
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