The Holy Father on Family Prayer
Welcome Pope Francis! Thank you Pope Benedict!
The Domestic Church is the first school of prayer - Recent words from the Holy Father
Dear friends... the Holy Family is the icon of the domestic Church, called to pray together. The family is the domestic Chruch and must be the first school of prayer. It is in the family that children, from the tenderest age, can learn to perceive the meaning of God, also thanks to the teaching and example of their parents: to live in an atmostphere marked by God's presence...
If one does not learn how to pray in the family it will later be difficult to bridge the gap. And so I would like to address to you the invitation to pray together as a family at the school of the Holy Family of Nazareth and thereby really to become of one heart and soul, a true family.
Family Catechesis in the Archdiocese of Liverpool seeks to support the domestic church by assisting parents in leading their own children in the lifelong call to holiness within the community of the Church.
16 February 2012
Address given by Pope Benedict XVI to
The Second Symposium of European and African Bishops.
May the family be at the centre of your attention as Pastors: it, the domestic Church, is also the most solid guarantee for the renewal of society. In the family, which guards usages, traditions, customs, rites permeated by faith, the most adequate terrain is found for the flowering of vocations. Today's consumerist mentality can have negative repercussions on the awakening and care of vocations; hence the need to pay particular attention to the promotion of priestly vocations and special consecrations. The family is also the formative fulcrum of youth. Europe and Africa need generous young people, who are able to take responsible charge of their future, and all the Institutions must have very present that the future is enclosed in these young people and that it is important to do everything possible so that their path is not marked by uncertainty and darkness.